I grew up in San Leandro attending Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Bancroft Middle School, and graduating from San Leandro High School. While at SLHS I wrestled and played football. Although I jumped right into my career out of high school, insurance (4th generation - it's a family thing), I received my AA in Liberal Studies from Chabot College. I have gone on to receive certifications, years of experience and formalized training in insurance, business practices and leadership in the workplace through my career pursuits. Currently I am a board member of the San Leandro Education Foundation, board member of the San Leandro Sports Foundation, San Leandro Rotarian, alumni of Leadership San Leandro, and assistant wrestling coach at SLHS. I have done some writing for Patch in the past, and was formerly the district 2 Planning Commissioner for the City of San Leandro.