A 33-year-old Colorado scientist, Trish has worked for over 15 years in some of the nations’ top hospitals, clinics, and universities. Having dedicated her career to helping others and working with national experts to solve complex problems, Trish is ready to hit the ground running as your next U.S. Senator.
Given her scientific expertise and forward thinking, Trish is deeply concerned by the lack of scientific representation in Congress. With no scientists on the U.S. Senate science committee, and many of our nation’s biggest challenges requiring expertise in science and technology, Trish is running to bring a fresh voice to Washington. And it’s more than just science. In the last decade, Trish has watched as the middle class — herself included — continues to shrink while the richest Americans become richer and richer. From her own experiences, Trish knows the financial hardships of her generation, like crippling student debt, stagnant wages, and rising housing costs. With science on her side, Trish wants to work to bring equal opportunities to all.
A decade-long Coloradan, Trish was born in the rural mountains of Northern New Hampshire. Raised in a small town miles away from any urban center, much like many areas in Colorado, Trish grew up roaming the woods and rivers around a house her father built. A conservative, religious upbringing, and first generation American on her father’s side, Trish learned first hand the value of hard work and to never give up. Through difficult circumstances, she learned as a kid how to overcome challenges that many families face, like job loss, divorce, and mental health struggles. Eventually, and perhaps despite the odds, Trish went on to be the first in her family to receive an advanced college degree, eventually finding work at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and gained a deep appreciation for making it easier for others like her to find success.
Today, Trish has visited every county (all 64!) and met with thousands of Coloradans. She has given dozens of talks on the role of science in policy and is actively working on a book. Trish continues her policy efforts at the local and state level, and mentors other scientists in the legislative process. Trish currently lives in Superior, Colorado and is a lecturer, researcher, and speaker who previously served as the Lead Coordinator for a Colorado STEM & Policy Research initiative, Advisor for the 500 Women Scientists Youth Pod in Boulder County, the Principal Director of CoMusica (a community music program she founded in 2013 in Boulder County), and as the Lead Coordinator for 314 Action Colorado Chapter, a nonprofit aimed at transitioning scientists into policy. Trish currently teaches behavioral neuroscience and research methodology at the University of Colorado Denver.