A bIT ABOUT ME

 

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Over 20 years ago, I moved to our district with my husband and two children. The economic opportunity in the auto industry, family resources, and public schools in the area were perfect for a young couple with a toddler and a new baby. I quickly met many kind, caring neighbors and fell in love with our community. And I believe when you love something, you help it thrive. I put my heart and soul into community and civic groups across the district. I also volunteered at my children’s schools because public education has played such a central role in my upbringing.

When I was four years old, my parents came to the United States from India for higher education. I was enrolled in public schools where I learned the foundational values of democracy: freedom, opportunity and representation. I had wonderful teachers and loved learning, especially math. However, when I was a teenager, my parents returned with me to India. But my identity as an American was already forged: I was determined to return to my home, to the United States, as soon as I could.

After earning my degree in mechanical engineering (the first woman to do so in the history of the school), I came home to the United States for graduate school. I had two suitcases, $250 dollars and an unwavering belief that nothing was going to stop me.  Since then, I’ve worked for many companies, including Chrysler - inspired by Lee Iacocca’s autobiography that I read in college - and Ally Financial. I bring people together to solve problems both in the professional world and in our community - and now in the State Legislature.

As your State Representative, I use what I’ve learned to continue to find common ground and solve problems, so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive. I am honored to represent you in the 41st district.

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MY BACKGROUND

  • Passionate volunteer in our community for the last 20 years

  • An engineer and experienced project manager with a career that spans automotive, finance, and IT industries

  • PTA leader throughout my children’s K-12 education

  • A civic leader currently serving on Troy’s Planning Commission where I introduced a Tree Protection Ordinance

  • Troy Historic Society Board member, working to preserve our area’s history

  • Founding member of Troy Interfaith, a group created to bring people of all faiths together through volunteer initiatives

  • Board member on Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Contributor to MetroParent magazine

  • Volunteer with The Troy Community Coalition