I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. I graduated high school and attended college classes via public and private academic institutions. This experience provided me perspective as to the value of each approach and an appreciation for the critical role public schools play in our society. After moving to Anchorage in 2008, I married my wife Alicia, a lifelong Alaskan. Together, we raised her son Devin, who has since graduated from the Anchorage School District. For the last decade, as licensed treatment foster parents, we've cared for more than 30 adolescents from diverse backgrounds. I have more memorable stories than I'll ever be able to share (just ask!), and I couldn't be more proud of the young men and women we've guided into adulthood.I have a passion for, and track record of, affecting positive change.
My career as a State of Alaska employee has allowed me to improve the lives of vulnerable Alaskans and provide services our citizens depend on. Anchorage is unique in its small-town feel and strong sense of community. I've enjoyed further bolstering that dynamic by organizing regular volunteerism events through charities and non-profits in our state. Spending my time giving back to our community is a passion and has provided the opportunity for a greater perspective and personal growth. I have been elected to multiple positions of leadership within the Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA/AFSCME Local 52) and currently serve as President of our Anchorage Chapter, which represents over 3,000 public sector workers. I also serve on our State Executive Board, which provides governance and oversight on behalf of more than 8,000 government employees across Alaska.
Our Anchorage School District is among the most diverse districts in the US. We employ a talented group of education professionals who are dedicated to their mission. Still, I recognize there is room for improvement, and an ever-present struggle for budgetary priorities. I am ready and willing to help perform the hard work involved with the capable governance of our School District and setting our students on a path to success. I ask for your support and your vote on April 6, 2021.
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