A bIT ABOUT ME

 

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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 returned 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 Chrysler - inspired by Lee Iacocca’s autobiography that I read in college - and Ally Financial. I have brought people together to solve problems both in the professional world and in our community.

As your State Representative, I pledge to use what I’ve learned to continue to find common ground and solve problems, so that everyone has an opportunity to thrive. I’d be 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