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 (Ridgeview, Oak Grove, Olson, and Jefferson). My Mom taught math at Normandale Community College for 39 years, and my Dad was a self-employed real estate attorney (who someone once described to me as “the last honest attorney”) with an office just off 90th and West Bloomington Freeway. My parents still live in the house I grew up in near Hyland Greens, and I live near Old Town Hall with my wife, Charity, our two-year-old daughter, Eleanor – who’s a big fan of the playground at Brookside Park – and we’re expecting Baby #2 this summer.

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. By day, I work as a Legislative Assistant at the Minnesota Senate, working for and with our Bloomington legislators on local issues like state funding for the 494-35W interchange and a sales tax exemption for the new Fire Station, as well as health care, human services, and local government.

Serving our community is a joy and a privilege – and I will never take it for granted.

I currently serve as the Bloomington City Council’s representative on the 169 Corridor Coalition, working with other local officials from Hopkins to Mankato on transportation and infrastructure needs, and the State Community Health Services Advisory Committee, to ensure that our community’s voice is heard by decisionmakers on state health policy. I previously served on the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and the Board for the Perpich Center for Arts Education, was a Sunday School teacher at Mt Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis for nine years, and have sung in two different barbershop quartets.

Whenever anyone asks me what it’s like serving on the City Council, I always start my response with “It’s a ton of fun” – and I continue to believe that. We no doubt live in challenging times, but having the opportunity to serve my hometown on the City Council, to work hard to take care of our neighbors to make things better is really the best job I’ve ever had (after being a dad and husband, of course). I’m proud of the work we’ve done and eager for the work we have ahead of us.