Having been born and raised in Portland, Oregon, it was a seeming inevitability that I would grow up to enjoy drinking craft beer, listening to my vinyl record collection, and wearing flannel.  Among the Rose City traits that I have managed to avoid are a passion for soccer and affinity for Birkenstocks.

Following graduation from Lincoln High School, alma mater of luminaries such as Mickey Lolich and Rose Friedman, I spent four years in the United States Marine Corps.  During this time, I served as a low-quality barber, infantry rifleman, and field exercise tobacconist.  I received my first and only challenge coin from an admiral, as well as a heated glare from the battalion executive officer, for inquiring about the lack of beer while deployed aboard the USS Peleliu.

I utilized the GI Bill to study economics and political science at the University of Oregon and graduated in 2015.

In my spare time I enjoy traveling the world.