Family: I live with my husband, Matt Blakeslee, and my two year-old daughter (future ASD student!).
Occupation: Manager of National Corporate Partnerships at Teach For America
Previous government experience or community involvement: Alaska Black Caucus Ally for Change; Collaborative for Health and the Environment, member and advocate; Amigos de las Americas, former alumni board chair; American Water Resources Association, former University of Washington President
Highest level of education: I hold a bachelor’s in International Studies and Political Science from Southwestern University, and a master’s in Marine and Environmental Affairs from the University of Washington where I focused my research on school environmental health issues.
What is the latest book you’ve read? Or, what book do you recommend and why?: The most recent book I read is called Barefoot and Balanced, which I’d highly recommend as it talks about how outdoor play and unstructured freedom of movement are vital for kids’ development. Not only is this a huge focus of mine, but I also appreciated the engaging and fun examples this book provided of ways to help kids achieve the movement they need to be healthy and happy.