A fifteen-year Ames resident, Gina holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from William Penn University in Oskaloosa. She comes from a family of educators and school guidance counselors including both parents and three siblings, along with two in-laws. Gina has over sixteen years of experience in working for state government, focusing on information technology, as well as five years of private sector experience. Her experience includes continuous improvement and a unique perspective on government processes.
Growing up in a family full of teachers gave her an opportunity to see things from their perspective. She believes in advocating for teachers, as well children, and two of her own attend Ames Middle School and Meeker Elementary. Her father was also a city council member and his dedication to his community inspired her follow in his footsteps through public service.
Gina wants to focus on:
Expanding special education programs.
Addressing racial disparities in the school system.
Fostering a teacher and labor friendly school board. Iowa’s restrictive collective bargaining laws impede teachers from negotiating wages and benefits, which leads to poor retention and educators leaving for states with better wages and benefits for educators.