I got my Geography PhD in 2006 and continued my job teaching landscape architecture and urban planning at MSU until 2009. I then moved to a small town (pop. 19,000) called Port Angeles in Washington State where I began working for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. I am their senior planner and we are currently working on the Tribal 5 year strategic plan. In addition, I am serving in the Planning Commission and currently running for City Council – my first foray in politics. My degree from MSU has been valuable in helping me navigate the planning challenges faced by both the Tribal community and this small rural town in which I currently live.