Faith and Family in San Diego
As a great-grandson of immigrants and native-born San Diegan, I am running for City Council in District 7 knowing I have a legacy to live up to, a community to faithfully represent, and major challenges to solve. I graduated from University of San Diego High School in Linda Vista where I learned that the true measure of faith is service to one’s community. Thanks to the support of my teachers and family, I attended Harvard University where I studied government and volunteered for numerous campaigns, including President Obama’s 2008 victory.
Hearing the call to public service, I became a fifth-grade public school teacher in a low-income neighborhood of Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that I learned that many children weren’t just falling behind in school, but often were coming to school undernourished, from unstable home environments, and with little trust in government institutions. This experience taught me that complex problems require comprehensive solutions to ensure the community and our children have a chance to reach their potential. Inspired by my colleagues and students, I decided to attend Harvard Law School and commit myself to the higher purpose of including everyone in the building of our society.
In 2014, I joined the international law firm O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles where I worked on complex litigation and investigations of several Fortune 500 companies in the health care, pharmaceutical, and automotive industries. Most gratifying though was my pro bono work on behalf of immigrants and survivors of domestic violence.
In 2016, I moved to Brooklyn and joined Hillary for America National Headquarters to fight for an inclusive and effective government. Though we came up short, I returned to California knowing the right place to fight for my values and commit myself to public service was right here at home.
In 2018, I began serving the City at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, prosecuting all manner of crimes as well as recovering restitution for victims of crime. I saw firsthand in our courts the drastic effects of the housing crisis as well as what does and does not work in solving our most pressing challenges. I also worked for a year with San Diego’s nationally-renowned Gun Violence Restraining Order team, removing firearms from dangerous individuals who were a threat to themselves or their community.
I was truly honored to be elected by the voters of the 7th District in November 2020. Since that time, I’ve served on and chaired key city council committees to promote public safety, protect parks and libraries, strengthen our budget process, and as Chair of the Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, I’ve worked hard to support small businesses through the pandemic, to expand worker protections throughout the city, to fight against inflation and for good wages and good jobs, and to expand access to and affordability of child care.
Currently, I live with my wife Nadia and our two Miniature Schnauzers in our home in Del Cerro. We love to hike in Mission Trails Regional Park and around Lake Murray, and we regularly adventure through Ruffin Canyon, Tecolote Canyon, and along the San Diego River.
I humbly ask for your vote and your voice to serve you for a second term, as we work together to build upon our successes and invest in the communities of District 7.