I moved to Asheville with my husband, Konrad, in August 2016, after living in New York City and working as an attorney for 37 years. The bulk of my career was spent as a copyright lawyer in the music industry negotiating license agreements for online use of copyrighted music. I also played an active role in the development of public policy in that area. Prior to that, I worked at the New York Legal Aid Society. And prior to that, I spent two years working in rural California as a volunteer paralegal with the United Farm Workers Union. Cesar Chavez was an early and strong influence on me.
My husband and I chose Asheville after comparing several communities on a wide variety of factors. We came here with great expectations. So far, our experience has exceeded our wildest imaginings. By every measure important to us, the quality of our lives has improved since moving to Asheville.
One compelling factor for me about living in Asheville is the many opportunities to participate in the betterment of my adopted community.
For example, I have become certified as a Community Advisory Committee Volunteer for the NC Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program for Buncombe County. I inspect assisted living facilities, acting primarily as a residents’ rights advocate. I am on the Steering Committee planning WNCAP’s 2018 Raise Your Hand event. As a Board member at Blue Ridge Pride I have worked together with representatives of the Campaign for Southern Equality, and other rights advocacy organizations, to draft a Human Rights Ordinance to be proposed to the Asheville City Council. I have also been involved in local Democratic politics as a volunteer with my neighbors in Asheville’s Precinct 5.1.