Bachelor in Urban Studies and Education, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, 1988.
Head Housing Justice Campaign, Association Neighborhood & Housing Development, 1989—1991. Chief of staff to councilman Thomas K. Duane New York City Council, 1992—1996, city councilwoman District 3, since 1999, speaker, since 2006. Executive director New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project, 1996—1998.
Member New York City Police/Cmty. Relations Task Force.
Life partner Kim Catullo.