I grew up in Seattle and have lived in Los Angeles, Bellingham, Baltimore, Paris, Edmonton, and Victoria. I attended the University of Southern California and the University of Washington as an undergraduate. I graduated from the UW in 2003 with a degree in the Comparative History of Ideas (CHID). I then attended The Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 2007/2008 with a PhD in history. I taught history for nearly ten years at the University of Alberta.
I moved to Victoria in 2012, with my wife Hannah and our daughters Stella and Mia. We settled in the Fernwood neighbourhood, which remains the centre of our world. In Victoria, I have owned a small business (Share Organics), taught at Uvic in the School of Environmental Studies, worked as a provincial policymaker, and volunteered on countless community organizations. In 2022, I was elected to Victoria City Council and the Capital Regional District board as a Director.
As an elected official, my priorities include adding affordable housing and housing supply, taking bold action on climate change adaptation and mitigation, adding new parks and public amenities, advancing active and public transit, and supporting the local arts scene.
When I'm not serving my community as an elected official, I enjoy playing music with my friends, learning cello at the conservatory of music, playing disc golf, losing to my children at Catan, exploring B.C. with my family, gardening, beekeeping, cycling, and more.