I am an activist, food service professional and small farmer who has been proud to call Salem's Ward 1 my home with my partner and our dog, BMO, for the past 8 years. I grew up in a large working-class family just outside of Baltimore, Maryland, and moved to New England to study at Boston University and pursue my dream of becoming a restaurateur. I graduated in 2011 and spent the next decade in all areas of the restaurant industry from prep cook to general manager. My time in the industry gave me a deep respect for the importance of community and an understanding of the reality that one can never solve another's problem if they aren't willing to listen. My leadership style has remained consistent through the years: tell me what you need to thrive and I will work tirelessly to get it. I’m bringing to this race a deep sense of urgency for environmental action to protect the residents of our Ward and this city; and my experiences in hard-working, low-wage work throughout various restaurants have given me a deep drive to fight for working class folks such as myself who have welcomed me as friend and family over the years.