Who I Am
I live in Roseville with my partner, our two kids, and two dogs. I am an attorney, teach part-time at Mitchell Hamline School of Law and also own Makwa Coffee, a small independent coffee shop in Roseville. I previously worked as a prosecutor in Hennepin County, where I worked on domestic violence cases. My partner works in the mental health field so I am deeply connected to that work as well. We like to spend our free time outdoors, reading books, and watching our kids play soccer.
I grew up in northern Minnesota and I am a Leech Lake Ojibwe descendant. I spent my childhood playing in the woods, learning about fishing, hunting, wild rice harvesting, and farming from my family. It means a lot to me to pass these traditions on to my kids now. We especially enjoy ice fishing and spending time in the woods.
I attended a small public school in rural Minnesota until leaving for college. I then earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. After college, I served a year with AmeriCorps at a youth center that provided free after-school care for kids. I later earned my law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.
What I Believe
I believe that regular people can work together to achieve positive changes in our communities. I believe in hope and continuing to work towards a better future for everyone.
I was first elected as State Representative in 2016. It is truly an honor to serve our community and I consider it a great privilege to be your voice at the State Capitol.
I am a thoughtful, respectful leader who values honesty and authenticity. I work hard, I do my homework, and I truly care about everyone who lives in our community. With your support, together we can continue to do great things for our district and Minnesota.