I first moved to Minneapolis in 2012, and I’ve lived in the Lynnhurst neighborhood with my wife and step-daughter since 2014. Our rescue dog, Maleficent J. Woofingtons (aka “the Woofs”), joined our family in 2016.
As Minneapolis Public Schools parents, my wife and I have volunteered over the years at Burroughs Elementary and Justice Page Middle School, where my wife is currently Vice President of the PTA. The Justice Page Green Team was also co-founded by my step-daughter, and my wife is the parent sponsor for the team. Last fall I coached the Lynnhurst Parks & Rec 13U Girls Soccer Team to a 5th place finish (the diamond attacking formation we added at the end of the season was tough to stop).
In 2019 I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. In recent years Asperger’s has been identified as a high functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). My diagnosis has made life easier for me, because for a long time I thought I was just kind of an awkward and quirky guy… however, it turns out I also have Asperger’s. Understanding that I process things and communicate in a different way than most people has helped remind me to always make an effort to try and understand where other people are coming from.
I earned my degree in economics from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2007. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences named me the 2006 Jason Kesler Senior Scholar, and in 2007 the Student Senate honored me as the Student Agitator of the Year after I wrote a book outlining how student fees were spent.
While on Student Senate, I was the first to get the campus bookstores to publish ISBN’s online (so students could price shop). I also successfully lobbied the school administration to change the name of the “Free” parking lot to the “Complimentary Lot” (because students were actually subsidizing allegedly “free” parking through student fees).
Since graduating I’ve worked in the logistics industry for both smaller family-owned businesses and a large publicly traded company. While I found a fair amount of success, the corporate life was not for me. I started my own business in 2015, and have been extremely fortunate to be able to convince some great people to join the company.
The business has come a long way since I launched it on my dining room table. In 2019 our company was recognized by the Business Journal as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Minnesota. And in 2020 our team of developers built software that won a prestigious Tekne Award from MnTech.
Our Tekne Award was for software our company developed with the help of a team of interns from Minnesota schools… and not only have we always paid our interns, but now they all make over $20/hr (in 2016 our first intern was paid $15/hr, but that’s the lowest wage we’ve ever paid any employee).
Last year our business expanded internationally and started a Canadian company. In addition to running my own business, I also previously served on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Club of Minneapolis & St. Paul, and was a member of the MnDOT’s Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee in 2016-17.
This isn’t to say business skills always necessarily transfer to governance, and there will be a steep learning curve for me to be an effective Council Member. However, I’m more than willing to put in the effort needed to ensure Ward 13 is well represented on the Minneapolis City Council.