Raised in Brooklyn, New York
Mother of three grown children and Grandmother of six.
1978 Bachelor of Arts – Economics and Master of Science
Policy Analysis and Urban Planning, State University of New York
At Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York
1999 Master of Arts, National Policy and Strategic Studies
Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island
Worked in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management & Budget developing and overseeing EPA’s budget for the Office of Solid Waste Management; developed legislative proposals.
1981 began working for Department of the Army as an Environmental Protection Specialist. Worked in the Pentagon for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management. Responsibilities included budget, policy and program oversight for Army’s Hazardous Waste Management Program and its Pollution Prevention Program.
2001 retired from the Federal Government as a GM-15 and began working for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as a project officer providing guidance to local Virginia governments on how to obtain FEMA funding for restoration and recovery from storm damage to public infrastructure. Also worked in the State Emergency Operations Center.
2005 – 2009 Worked under a contract for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as an environmental planner helping local governments prepare grant applications for disaster recovery, repairing damaged public infrastructure.
2010 - 2011 Worked as a Security Officer for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Va.