For This Politician, Poverty Is Personal [Episode 12]
Kanika Tomalin's roots help her understand economic issues better than your average public official.
Kanika Tomalin is the deputy mayor of St. Petersburg, Fla., but she doesn't see herself as a politician.
She was appointed to the job in 2013 and says she never had her sights set on becoming a public official. Her family has been in St. Petersburg for five generations, and her family members span across socioeconomic lines. That vantage point, she says, gives her a unique understanding of deep-rooted issues around generational poverty and health disparities, which she's spent her tenure trying to eradicate.
Thanks to Healthy St. Pete, a community initiative she championed, the city now has a bike-share program and offers free fitness classes in local park -- and that's just scratching the surface.
On this episode of "The 23%: Conversations With Women in Government," she also discusses cleanup efforts from Hurricane Irma and how you can help.