It has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve on the Council and I’m very proud of the work I’ve been able to help get done so far, including initiating and chairing the Guild’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In this committee, we created the Guild’s official statement on Inclusion and are developing initiatives to fight for equal rights and representation for all members, as well as help build bridges of understanding with each other and our colleagues. I have truly enjoyed meeting members across the country at two national conferences, as well as in panels and DEI town halls that I’ve collaborated on with regional reps in San Diego, NYC, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco (so far). I intend to continue these Town Halls in as many cities as possible so that I can learn what specific needs your communities have and hopefully help build safe spaces in which to discuss many sensitive issues that arise regarding writing outside our lived experiences, and more. I don’t fancy myself an “expert” in this, but I hope to be able to share any insight I may have from being a working artist in this industry over the past three decades and taking what I learn back to the national Council for continued and proactive advocacy. I’m so proud of the many ways my colleagues on the Council continuously and tirelessly fight for the rights of writers. It would be my greatest honor to continue working alongside them. Giving thanks for your consideration.