Twenty three years ago I led a group of fellow college students on an immersive experience to gain first-hand perspectives from people experiencing homelessness.

Since then I’ve sought out opportunities to better understand why some of us fall through the safety net, and I’ve dedicated my time and resources to helping families break the cycle of poverty.

In grad school, I volunteered overnight at shelters, assisted with litigation to stop housing discrimination, and conducted statistical research about urban poverty.

I worked at a leading affordable housing company, and I teach a job search class at LA City College.

I’ve been a mentor, longstanding board member, and since 2018 the Board Chair of Imagine LA, a local nonprofit that has helped hundreds of families exit poverty with professional services and volunteer mentorship.

For me, ending homelessness is not a campaign slogan. It is a commitment, and I will ensure it’s an urgent priority in City Hall.