"I believe in doing my part to support the community I love".

I have lived in Orange County since moving to Chapel Hill in 1998 — and I jumped into public service soon after.

My dedication to serving this community is as strong as ever. 

I am prepared to take on the responsibilities of the Register of Deeds to improve government service for Orange County residents.

Public Service

I am honored to have served as an elected official and on multiple municipal boards, including:
  • OWASA Board of Directors (2001-2007)
  • Chapel Hill Town Council (2009-2012)
  • Orange County Board of Commissioners (2012-2020), Chair (2018-2020)

I found my experience in local government to be deeply fulfilling, as I worked together with my colleagues to make this community a welcoming place where everyone has a good quality of life.

Professional Experience

I received my BFA from Pratt Institute and completed my MA in Communications Technology from New York University.  I worked in advertising for about ten years before starting my personal chef and catering business.

I also served as the Director of Donor and Community Relations at the Jewish Community Center in Durham.

Since 2018 I have been involved with a woman’s food entrepreneur group based in Hillsborough, advancing successful startup companies owned by women. I currently sit on the Board of Directors.

Community Engagement

I am a mentor for the Kenan Scholars, a program sponsored by the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise for teaching UNC Kenan-Flagler business undergraduates how the private sector can serve the public good.
I also teach classes about food and Judaism at the Jewish Community – an exploration of how Jewish food traditions have been maintained through modern day.
I have been an active member of the Democratic Party in Orange County for over a decade, including as a member of the Democratic Women, serving as a precinct chair, and representing Orange County as a member of the NCDP State Executive Committee.
Crop Walk 2019
Alex from Brandwein's Bagels in Carrboro comes to Midrasha class to teach the history of the bagel.

Personal

Originally from New York City, I lived in Ft. Lauderdale and New Orleans before coming to North Carolina.
My mom, Jacky Rich, lives with me in Carrboro. My sons Mikko and Brody, who graduated from Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools before attending college, live nearby.

More about me:

  • I write a monthly column for Chapelboro.com, the local news and radio station exploring community topics.
  • I work on recipe development/review to encourage healthy eating.
  • Very much involved with the arts community supporting and encouraging beauty in our community.
  • I am in a Fantasy Football League and love all sports.
  • I knit socks to keep my hands busy.
  • I read to relax and for my book club – I love the public library.
  • Yoga on Sunday eases my way into the week.
  • Long long walks listening to podcasts clears my head and allows me to find the most unusual and common finds. See penny2rich on Instagram – #foundwalkingpr

Find out more about my plans for the Register of Deeds office.