US: +1-650-814-1058 / Kabul: +93 (0)799 455411 

Technical Employment History

For a full listing of technical employment, technical skills inventory and web development portfolio, please see technical resume at

Political and Non-Profit Experience

International Development positions in Afghanistan: June 2003 - present. Please see Afghanistan resume at

Mountain View City Council: 1997 - 2005
Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilmember 
Serve as an elected official setting policy for the city as a member of the 7-member City Council. Represent the city on regional boards and provide constituent service for citizens needing a liaison with city government. Extensive public speaking, media contacts and written communications with public. More detailed information available at 

...a little help: 2002 - Present
Founded 501(c)3 organization to assist women and girls internationally and educate Americans on issues they face. Current work has included 5 trips to Afghanistan for projects assisting women's prisons, maternity wards and schools. Extensive public speaking to groups and media on current conditions and projects. Fundraising to finance projects completed. More detailed information available at 

California Catholics for Free Choice: November 1989 - December 2004
State Director  
Key spokesperson and administrative contact for pro-choice educational organization. Extensive radio, television and public speaking responsibilities. Built statewide mailing list from 150 to 1500 in 2 years, and gained 501(c) 3 non-profit status in co-founding organization. Amica Curae in California Appeals and Supreme Court cases.

California State Assembly: September 2001 - March 2002
Candidate in the Democratic Primary election for the 22nd Assembly District representing 425,000 constituents. Write detailed position papers on a broad range of issues, personally fundraise over $50,000, extensive television, radio and newspaper experience. Continuous public speaking at community forums and other campaign events. Earned endorsements of all major area newspapers. More detailed information available at 

Other Political/Non-Profit Experience
Silicon Valley Women's Caucus Founding Board Member 2004-present
Village Harvest Board of Advisors 2000-present
US Air Force Space Commanders Group 2000-present
Afghan Public Library Foundation Advisor 2002-present
California State Democratic Central Committee 1997-2002
Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte Board 1994-1996
Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women 1994-1996 

Non-Technical Employment History

Notary Public: 2004 - present
California state-certified appointment authorized to witness the signing of official documents and administer oaths. Commission #1438559.

San Jose and Palo Alto Unified School Districts: 2003 - present
Substitute High School Teacher
Certificated substitute high school teacher for social sciences, English and special education classes. 

Bank of America: 1985 - 1988
Branch Operations Manager 
Responsible for administration of branch operations through line management of tellers and functional supervision of operations officers. Duties included audit compliance, loss prevention, coaching, staffing, and training. 

H&R Block: 1986-1988
Certified California Tax Preparer and Tax Preparation Instructor
Prepare tax returns for individuals and small businesses, teach personal tax preparation course. 

Awards & Publications

Silicon Valley Women of Achievement Award nominee 2000
Secretary of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 1999
Distinguished Woman of the 14th Congressional District 1995
Alameda National Women's Political Caucus Pro-Choice Champion Award 1995
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights Freedom of Religion Award 1992 

International Experience:
Afghan women's food preservation training project 2004
Reconstruction Project in Kabul women's prison 2003
Afghanistan reconstruction delegation 2002
Cuba women's delegation 1998
Personal travel to 16 nations 

Published Articles:
Vogue Magazine December 2005 - Kabul Cut and Color
Mountain View California Voice February 2005/present - monthly column "Letter from Kabul"
The Woman's Voice March/April 2003 - The Women of Afghanistan, Returning to Life
New Internationalist June 1998 - Sense of the Faithful 

Personal Activities:
Food Preservation - Award-winning jam and jellies
TV Production - technical direction and character generation for KMVT
Silicon Valley Groundhog Club - Pennsylvania alumni 


Cornell University - Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Dean's List, Cornell Tradition Fellowship
Currently serving a 3-year appointment to the Presidentís Council of Cornell Women