Party affiliation: Social Democratic Party of Germany
Regional Chairwoman, Hamburg Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany), since 1988. Senator, City Development Authorities, Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, since 1991. Deputy Member of Bundesrat, since 1991.
Trainee. Authorities for Schools and Vocational Training, Hamburg, since 1981. Head of Department, General Education, Unemployment Education, 1986-1987. Managing Director, ZEBRA (Centre for Re-integration of the Unemployed), 1987-1991.