Born in San Diego, California, Bert spent the first years of her life in the multi-cultural community of Chula Vista. After graduating high school early she went to work for Pacific Telephone as a long distance operator; thirty years later she retired as the Regional Director of Network Operations, Los Angeles. In 1997, Bert entered the non-profit sector, focusing on women and children’s programs. In 2000, she moved to the Pacific Northwest and discovered a whole new world in freelance journalism.
Life has afforded her incredible opportunities along the way - she lived in Mexico for five years, spent decades as a single mom to three utterly amazing human beings, married and created a vibrant, rambunctious family and most significantly became a grandma of three. She currently serves on the Legislative Committee of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence and served as the Strategic Chair on the Board of Seattle Shakespeare Company. Travel, theater, movies, McDonalds, good books, family and friends fill her days and give her hope.
Inspired by the fierce women who raised her, Bert has been a community activist since 1968 when she heard RFK speak these words:
"We must close the gaps between black and white, rich and poor, young and old in this country and around the world. I run for the Presidency because I want the United States of America to stand for hope instead of despair, for the reconciliation of men instead of the growing risk of world war. These are not ordinary times, and this is not an ordinary election. At stake is not simply the leadership of our party or even our country -- it is our right to moral leadership on this planet."
Bert is honored beyond measure to join and serve the Common Purpose Now community as Administrator.