• I hope you enjoyed celebrating moms this weekend!
    I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend! I’ll never forget coming home with little Elaine for the first time and thinking, “That’s it? No instructions?!”  But over the course of the next couple of weeks, Josh and I slowly figured out what a powerful guide mother’s (and dad’s) …
  • OMG, Light it up!
    Please take a look at what is by far the hottest thing I’ve ever built with the coolest artist-designers, engineers and fabricators in the USA. But guess what—they are all from Baltimore! We just built The Beacon—Last Mile Park’s first permanent artistic lighting installation in a working-class neighborhood in Baltimore. To …
  • Black women in Baltimore are AMAAAZZING!
    Without a doubt, my highlight for Women’s History Month was the shining brilliance of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s face as she listened to Cory Booker extol her virtues and the virtues of Black women everywhere. As I listened, I cried too. I cried for joy and also surprisingly relief. I felt …
  • A reflective time in Baltimore…
    This year we’ve lost a record number of lives to gun violence. In some cases, teenagers pulled the trigger.  Having mentored at-risk youth all my adult life, I know that we lost those teens in elementary school—not when they pulled the trigger.  Our Schools So while the violence spiraled, I fought …
  • Happy-First-Update-of-the-New-Year!
    For the past month, I’ve been helping to lead a fight to stop elementary schools from closing in Black neighborhoods. This fight strikes at the very core of why I am running for office. There is just no way that every resident will be safer, healthier or wealthier if we …
  • Vision Series (Part 5): For a Safer City
    Josh, Elaine and I had met the grandmother who was killed this week.  We  remember how warmly she would welcome us to church. Josh remembered her bright smile.  It’s been a violent week in Baltimore. Since Monday, we lost a 69-year old grandmother to stabbing, a five-year old girl to …
  • Vision Series (Part 4): Infrastructure means trades!
    Biden visited Baltimore’s ports this week to tout a $1.2 trillion investment in infrastructure. According to earlier analytics, that investment should create over 1,000,000 jobs. And many of those jobs will be in the trades. But guess what—many contractors in our region can’t find enough trades people! I have two …
  • I hope you had a great Veterans Day!
    Our volunteers and I say thank you to everyone who has served or is serving in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for representing our country. We celebrate and honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of the country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for all the values …
  • Vision Series (Part 3): When I was a foster Mom…
    I was a foster mom to a fifteen-year old girl for a year and half. Before joining my family, my foster daughter was not really going to school.  Her attendance rate was about 50%. And, as far as I could tell, she had never had higher than a D on her …
  • October is for door-knocking!
    We’ve been door-knocking up a storm, and we need your help…. How we win our race is through door-knocking. And that’s what we’re doing…like there is no tomorrow.   But of course we need your help.   If you live in the city, you can join us on any Saturday or Sunday at …
  • Vision Series (Part 2): We’re solving for incomes
    David Simon (creator of The Wire) recently penned a tribute to Michael K. Williams (“Omar” from The Wire). Simon once explained to Williams that The Wire was to help show that drug culture is not a racial pathology, it’s about economics and the collapse of the working class — Black …
  • Where were you on 9/11?
    As the unofficial start to fall has passed, we can reflect together on the events that happened 20 years ago from today. In the photo above, Police Officer Moira Smith rescues an injured man. She went back to help others and sacrificed her own life. One of my best friends …
  • Vision Series (Part 1): Integrity matters
    Notwithstanding the many inspiring leaders I know and incredible initiatives I’ve seen (and led) in our great city, I struggled this summer with my own disillusionment over the so-called “way things are done” in Baltimore. But conformity is not an option. Corruption is a key barrier to opportunity and one’s …
  • Now is a good time for reflection…
    Yesterday was an especially moving and heart-full moment when my husband and I sent Elaine to the first day of her last year of preschool. What a journey. Even as I type, my eyes fill just thinking about how much our four-and-a-half-year-old has grown up during the pandemic. As I …
  • Are you ready to grow the middle class?
    This past July was Baltimore’s most historic month in nearly a century, but it passed quietly without much fanfare. In July 2021, families with children between the ages of zero and 18 began receiving advance, monthly child tax credit payments. I asked a grocery store clerk what she would do …