She has plenty of stories from those years. For a spell, she worked for Tony Banks, a member of Parliament, long-term member of the Labour Party and who was briefly the mayor of London.
“However, first and foremost he was an Irishman from Belfast who loved to drink and rally on behalf of animal rights — usually at the same time,” she said. Twice he dragged her to public rallies for various causes. “I believe one was for saving the whales,” she said. Twice the press showed up and twice they were quickly escorted away in a police car.
“I had to remind Tony I was a foreigner with a security clearance that would be taken away if I was arrested. Fortunately, we were never formally charged and on the second time Tony, with all his charm, was able to persuade the officers to drop us off at a pub,” she said. “He was a consummate politician.”
Next she interned in the Philadelphia Public Defender’s office then worked for a small criminal defense firm before joining a mid-sized firm specializing in civil trial work. After more than a decade of working in the law, she found it “can expose you to both the most noble and most despicable traits of mankind.”
So she changed gears and opened a cafe in a corporate center and provided specialized catering to Fortune 100 companies and their private jets. That’s where she met her future husband, Tim, an British-born entrepreneur who had a company in the same center.
She grew restless. “I didn’t want to just suffer through work every day ... I needed to find something I loved doing,” she said.
Several years later, while on a beach, she read an article about the arrest of an Imam in California.