I grew up in Oak Cliff, and as a child I watched my mother struggle to make ends meet. We moved from one rental house to the other, because we couldn’t afford the rent hikes. I’ll never forget watching my mother cook black beans for dinner on a hot plate because we didn’t have a stove, and seeing my mother return our AC unit that we bought in July, just so we could make rent in August.
Unfortunately, this story isn’t unique to our communities.
Too many families are still struggling to get by, which is why I sincerely believe we must have elected officials who reflect the community and who share our experiences, so city policies work for us instead of against us.
Without out my friends, community, and family’s support I wouldn’t have been able raise my children and pursue my passion for the arts.
After high school, I studied art at the University of North Texas, and later I had the opportunity to teach at Mountain View College. While teaching I met so many students who came from different backgrounds and who faced a different set of responsibilities than traditional students.
My passion, teaching experiences, and upbringing were key influences when I was asked to serve as Vice Chair on the City of Dallas’ Cultural Affairs Commission (CAC) by the Dallas City Council in 2014. As a part of the Cultural Affairs Commission, my job was to oversee and approve policy suggestions on arts initiatives for the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs.
I was also appointed Chair of the Allocations Committee for the Commission, where I served as an advocate for arts funding and was responsible for community oversight over the Office of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Contracts Program. Working in tandem with staff, we were able to develop several new grant program initiatives which brought vibrancy to our community.
In 2016, I realized advocacy wasn’t enough. I needed to reach our community through unconventional means and spark a conversation about the changes affecting our community.
I started an art project called, Casita Triste in 2017. I made little piñatas houses and placed them around Oak Cliff to create awareness, reflection, and empathy for our neighborhood and the challenges we faced.
The project provoked discussion around affordable housing issues and displacement, and I’ve experienced the uncertainty that the new changes bring first-hand.
I’m grateful for my neighborhood and where I came from, and I will no longer sit on the sidelines and watch City Hall ignore certain voices. We shouldn’t have to worry about taking time off work to tell our elected official what they should already know.
We need people representing Oak Cliff who will listen and help the neighborhood.
This is why I’m running to be your next Dallas City Councilmember for District 1—Oak Cliff.
Civic and Community involvement
Cultural Affairs Commission, City of Dallas:
Chairman of Art Sparks Committee
reappointed by CM Omar Narvaez
Received SMU Moss Chumely Award Recipient
Given annually to an outstanding North Texas artist who has established a proven track record as a community advocate for the visual arts.
Learning and Engagement Committee
Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Founding member of Friends of Oak Cliff Parks
Texas Organizing Project (TOP), Member
Tejano Democrats, Member
Emergency Artist Support League (EASL), Board member and Secretary
UNT College of Visual Arts Design, Board member
Undermain Theatre, Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio)
Cara Mia Theatre Company, Board of Trustees (Ex-Officio
Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas (CADD), Education Committee
The Kimbell Art Museum, Kimbel Nuestros, Board member