· As the co-chair of a parent group involved in saving Eanes Elementary from the path of demolition, I helped establish a process for engaging the community in district design decisions. We changed the direction for that campus from replacement to renovation.
· Recognizing the lack of community engagement in district decision making, I co-initiated the Community Dialogues in 2011 which brought over 230+ community members together to define the priorities of the district. This effort established engaging dialogue as a solution for validating the needs of the community.
· From 2012-2014, I participated in the Master Plan as both a parent and a professional. I attended every public meeting during the 10 month planning process, representing the parent voice at the table and providing professional architectural insight that helped shape the final result. I also served on the outreach committee for the Master Plan, recognizing that community engagement was critical to broaden the reach and validate the outcome.
· During my four years of active service to the Eanes Elementary PTO Board, I am most proud of my service on the Instructional Enrichment Committee, which distributed over $125,000 in four years to meet needs of teachers and staff on campus. During my three year term as President elect/President/Past President of the PTO, I implemented my mission of boosting community engagement. In my term as President, I managed a board of volunteers responsible for raising and spending $300K+ dollars. Our efforts were effective at closing the funding gap on our campus by providing our students with enriching activities and resources and providing our teachers with necessary training and tools that supported their teaching endeavors.
· As a member of AIA, I contribute to the mission of improving our community by advancing the value of architecture. As a participating presenter in the Architecture in Schools program, I was influential in educating 4th graders at public schools in Austin about the design process and the value of investing in good design. I carried forth these same concepts in multiple Junior Achievement presentations to 2nd graders in our own district three years in a row.