My wife, Maggie, and I are happy Colorado transplants by way of Chicago. Throughout my long and varied career in politics, government and zookeeping, I have taken the words of Jane Goodall to heart: “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”
For over two decades, I worked in Illinois government and politics, pushing forward reform candidates and progressive agendas. As Legislative Liaison for the Illinois Department of Insurance, I took on big insurance companies and insisted on putting people before profits. On campaigns, I managed budgets, salaries, and hiring in fast-paced environments with zero room for error. I know what it's like to insist on and push through honest, responsible budgeting in adverse conditions.
I also spent over five years as a zookeeper working mostly with Great Apes. I was the primary trainer for two chimpanzees and two gorillas and worked with every ape in the collection.
We have lived in Fort Collins since 2015. Maggie works as the Veterinarian Teacher Hospital at CSU. I am currently a full-time student at Front Range Community College and work part-time as a Target Team member. In my free time, I enjoy camping, hiking, and skiing. I have my commercial pilots license and still enjoy the occasional flight.