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.
This past year, I began serving our citizens at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, prosecuting all manner of crimes as well as recovering restitution for victims of crime. I see 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.
As a homeowner in Mission Valley along Friars Road, I live just a few minutes from where I went to high school, where I grew up going to Padres games, and where I am a parishioner at the Mission, reading on Sundays at Mass.
Our campaign seeks to rise above what politics is and aims to make politics into what it should be: a process to serve all citizens with honesty, passion, and open-mindedness. I humbly ask for your vote and your voice as we work together to tackle our greatest challenges with solutions and strategies for today and tomorrow.