I have found meaning and inspiration from many sources. From Heraclitus: "everything changes." From Benjamin Franklin who, when asked after the constitutional convention, “what have you given us?” replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it!” From Historian Sean Wilentz, who said democracy in America in the early 1800s was the "spectacle of Americans arguing over democracy." From Mahatma Gandhi who urged us to be the change we want to see in the world. Even from Chairman Mao, who when asked what he thought about American democracy?, reportedly said "it's too early to tell."
I have spent decades working primarily in the private sector to make the world a better place. Most recently I have been focused on transportation because of its critical role in our economy, its position as the number one source of domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and it's important social justice role. I want to have a greater voice as a member of the Council.