I live in West Anchorage with my wife, Stephanie, and our two dogs and cat. I’ve had the privilege of serving on the Anchorage Assembly since August 2018, when voters elected me in a special election. I love living in Anchorage because of the tight-knit and supportive communities, the outdoor opportunities, the entrepreneurial and adventurous spirit of its residents, and the love of place, modeled by our friends and neighbors who have lived here for thousands of years.
I was raised in a small, rural town by my mother, Tara, and father Lee, who passed away when I was 16 years old. I worked throughout high school and college to support myself, and relied on several mentors in the public school system for advice and guidance along the way. After graduating from college and living abroad in Japan, I attended law school at the University of California at Davis, where I worked for the Civil Rights Clinic. Following law school, I worked for a large law firm, primarily developing housing and wind farms. I have also served as in-house counsel to a government agency and as a law clerk for the federal court.
I currently serve as the Legal Affairs & Land Transactions Director for the Great Land Trust (GLT), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded by Alaskans in 1995. GLT has created a number of parks and public access points in West Anchorage, including the Campbell Creek Estuary park and Fish Creek Estuary, located along the coastal trail. Under my leadership and in partnership with several Native Corporations, within the past six years GLT has created approximately 43,000 acres of new State Park land for the public to enjoy.
I believe in giving back to my community through service. Before being elected to the Assembly, I sat on the municipality’s Budget Advisory Commission, and before that I served as a member of the Anchorage Women’s Commission. I volunteered as a member of the YWCA’s finance committee and for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska, visiting my Little Sister weekly at McLaughlin Youth Center. I was a founding member of Our Alaska, a nonpartisan group committed to pursuing a statewide sustainable fiscal plan.
Stephanie and I enjoy hiking, biking, and adventuring throughout Alaska with our dogs (the cat, not so much). We love to garden and marvel at the sunlight during summer, and cook and get cozy in the dark winters. We frequent farmers’ markets, new local businesses popping up in our district, and community events. We feel fortunate to call Anchorage home.