I have spent my life in the service of others, as a legal defender, a worker advocate, and a champion for kids and our public schools.
My story echoes the experience of many Nevadans. As the son of an immigrant and an airman, I traveled the globe before finding my home in Nevada. Growing up, my parents taught me the value of hard work, compassion, and a commitment to serve others–values that have guided me throughout my life.
My parents sacrificed much to ensure that I had a better life, and I worked to make them proud. I graduated from Brown University and the University of Nebraska, earning my Juris Doctor from the University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of law and two additional law degrees from the University of New Hampshire and Oxford University.
Instead of pursuing a lucrative career in corporate law, I chose to follow the different path—one of service to my community. I worked in indigent criminal defense protecting the constitutional rights of those who couldn’t afford legal representation.
Following my legal career, I became a labor organizer to ensure all workers have access to a union in the workplace. I worked for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to improve the lives of healthcare and homecare workers. Since 2015 I’ve served as the Executive Director of the Nevada State Education Association (NSEA) representing teachers, librarians, nurses, counselors, bus drivers, custodians, and other educators throughout the state of Nevada. NSEA works tirelessly to improve public education for the over 65,000 students in Washoe County, as well as the over 480,000 students throughout the state of Nevada.
As a public education advocate, I have engaged at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that every Nevada student has access to an exceptional public education. Here in Reno, I served as the Vice-President of Educators for Washoe Schools, one of the largest proponents of WC-1. WC-1 is the measure funding the construction and renovation of schools throughout Washoe County. At the state legislature, I have pushed for more funding for our schools and dignity for all educators. At the federal level, I have consistently advocated for improved funding for Nevada schools, with a particular focus on funding for literacy and special education programs.
A true progressive Democrat, I currently serve as President of Battleborn Progress and coalition member for the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada. Never forgetting I am the son of an immigrant, I still volunteer to represent pro bono clients in immigration matters.