City government is complex and it isn’t easy to get things done. My background and experience will help move our shared goals forward. I was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and lived in Tulsa and Houston, then finished high school in Stamford, Connecticut. After high school, I attended a small liberal arts college in St. Louis and loved being in an older Midwestern city with a diverse population. In 1986, I moved to South Bend with my husband, Rich Williams, who had accepted a position at Notre Dame. We have lived here for 33 years and made South Bend our home. My children went to school in the South Bend public schools, my son, Bobby Williams, graduated from Riley and my daughter, Eli Williams, from Adams. We are proud residents of the Near West Side neighborhood and live in a 115-year-old house on West Washington St.
My professional background includes a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and a Master’s Degree in City Planning. The majority of my work has been in affordable housing and real estate development.
• In 1997, I started a Neighborhood Development Associates, a consulting firm that helps non-profit developers, cities and for-profit owners develop affordable housing. Since 1997, we have helped our clients obtain over $162 million dollars of financing that resulted in over 1,000 units of affordable housing, primarily in Northern Indiana. Local projects that we have worked on include the Oliver School Apartments, the new homes on the Southeast Side with 466 Works, the YWCA Residence on Fellows Street and the Hope Rescue Building downtown.
• In 2014, I developed South Bend Mutual Homes Cooperative, a housing cooperative in the area south of Lincoln Way West and west of Charles Martin Drive. This development has 24 single family affordable homes for families.
• To finish off the Mutual Homes development, a coworker, Rosie Leyva and I raised over $101,000 to develop a small park at Cottage Grove and Lincoln Way West. The children in the neighborhood use the swings and ride on the bike paths. Having the open space gives the neighborhood a whole new look.
In my spare time, I like to ride my bicycle and walk along the river, cook, read, and work on rehabbing our house. I’m a board member at the 1st Unitarian Church. Other activities include attending musicals with my husband and getting to know our four new grandchildren.
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