The values I’ve learned here have shaped my life working for Bloomington.
I’ve lived in Bloomington my entire life, and I’m proud to be a product of our Bloomington Public Schools. My Mom taught math at Normandale Community College for 39 years, and my Dad, who someone once described to me as “the last honest attorney”, had his office here too. I am incredibly lucky to be married to my best friend in the whole world, my wife Charity, and to be a Dad to Eleanor and Adeline.
I earned my BA in Music and Political Science from St Olaf College, and my MPA in Health, Housing, and Education Policy Leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the U of M, where I had the chance to study early childhood education with Art Rolnick, and education law and policy with former State Senator Steve Kelley. For 10 legislative sessions, I have worked at the Minnesota Senate, working for and with our Bloomington legislators, as well as researching and supporting important progressive priorities. I’ve seen how the levers move at the legislature, and how important it is to have our community’s values and voices respected and represented in the halls of power.
Serving our community is a joy and an honor – and I am thrilled to continue doing so.
I was elected to my first term on the Bloomington City Council in 2017, and re-elected last year. I’ve represented our community on the 169 Corridor Coalition, the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee, the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Artistry Board. I am proud of the work we’ve done in the City of Bloomington, and ready and eager to bring this leadership to the State Capitol.