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About Me

I moved to Bend in 2015 with my wife and three young children. My wife, Suzanne, is a pediatric hospitalist at St. Charles and I teach political science at OSU-Cascades. My family recently honored me (possibly in recognition of my dad jokes) with a coffee mug that reads, “World’s Better Than Average Dad.”

Community

I enjoy volunteering in the community. Currently, I serve as:

  • Bend Park and Recreation budget committee member

  • City of Bend Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee member

  • Bend Bikes board president

  • Bear Creek Elementary School PTO volunteer

  • Soccer coach

Previously, I was a site council member at Bear Creek Elementary School and a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon Latino Mentor Program. 

Education

  • PhD, Political Science, Stanford University

  • MA, International Relations and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

  • BA, Politics, UC Santa Cruz