You elected me 4 years ago to council not to placate the status quo, but to ask hard questions and make the needed changes. Hitting the ground running, I never slowed down. We have made big strides in facing climate change, improving community equity, planning smart growth, supporting small businesses, and lifting our community character and quality of life. Now I ask for your trust and my re-election to continue this important work. There is much more to get done.
Melissa is a neighbor, nonprofit leader, and environmental champion. She will provide thoughtful leadership while ensuring that every Redmond neighborhood is a great place to live. Melissa is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, former member of the Redmond Library Board of Trustees, former board member at Zero Waste Washington, and active in the fight for climate justice. Other endorsements include: Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Representatives Vandana Slatter and Amy Walen, Redmond Mayor Angela Birney, and Redmond Council President Tanika Padhye.
As an engineer and social entrepreneur on a mission for sustainable infrastructure, I believe climate change and economic justice are the most important issues of our lifetimes. I will help create an inclusive, resilient Redmond for everyone, where you feel welcome, heard, and empowered. I am a proven builder, organizer, and collaborator. I add practical perspective, financial integrity, and imagination to teamwork. I am honored to serve as your Council Vice President and to represent you. Thank you for your vote.
Every child deserves the opportunity to benefit from an excellent public education. I am running for Lake Washington School Board because educational needs are ever-changing, and our schools need to not only keep up, but drive progress in education. I will address the most pressing concerns for our students and our community such as climate change education, delaying school start times and supporting learning opportunities for all students. Thank you for your vote!
There are many wonderful things happening within Lake Washington School District, but much remains to be done. I’d like to capitalize on what we’ve been doing right – our high graduation rates and academic achievements – while improving on areas in which we fall short.
A graduate of Harvard (A.B.) and NYU (J.D.), Joyce is mother of four committed to advancing Bellevue’s reputation for educational excellence and to increasing opportunities. Having experienced both economic privilege as an attorney and business owner and adversity as a woman of color, Joyce will advocate for equity for each and every student. As we recover from the challenges and divisions of the last year, Joyce is listening, and will lead, with empathy to help unify and heal our community.
After our collective trauma, our community deserves collaborative leadership to rebuild trust and unity. We need a voice for all our children that acknowledges their experiences during the pandemic. We need programs that support students’ social and emotional needs, and policies that inspire and empower. My extensive experience in education and health advocacy, data driven approach, and proven ability to collaborate with stakeholders with diverse viewpoints makes me the right person to set a new course for our district’s future.