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My wife Róisín and I live in the University City community of District 1 with our beautiful daughter Emily, and our 5-year-old rescue dog Ralph.

I recently served as an executive at CONNECT where I founded the CONNECT ALL program in early 2016. I organized and lead government, business, community, and innovation leaders to bring high-growth early-stage startup resources to traditionally underserved communities of San Diego. In less than three years we took that project from concept to near $4M of funding to build CONNECT ALL @the Jacobs Center – the region’s first diversity focused business accelerator and resource center. A first of its kind partnership between the City of San Diego, CONNECT, and the Jacobs Family Foundation with the mission to create high quality jobs in San Diego.

Prior to working at CONNECT, I worked as a management consultant for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in London, drove marketing at a Bay area startup trying to tackle the student debt crisis through gamification, and served as regional director for a global non-profit. I have a a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University and a master’s degree from The London School of Economics.  


 
I recently served as an executive at CONNECT where I founded the CONNECT ALL program in early 2016. I organized and lead government, business, community, and innovation leaders to bring high-growth early-stage startup resources to traditionally underserved communities of San Diego. In less than three years we took that project from concept to near $4M of funding to build CONNECT ALL @the Jacobs Center – the region’s first diversity focused business accelerator and resource center. A first of its kind partnership between the City of San Diego, CONNECT, and the Jacobs Family Foundation with the mission to create high quality jobs in San Diego.

Prior to working at CONNECT, I worked as a management consultant for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs in London, drove marketing at a Bay area startup trying to tackle the student debt crisis through gamification, and served as regional director for a global non-profit. I have a master’s degree from The London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

My wife Róisín and I live in the University City community of District 1 with our beautiful daughter Emily, and our 5-year-old rescue dog Ralph.

Embracing innovation is one of the most important factors in building an economy that works for everyone in our city. I have seen first-hand the impact that fostering innovation has on economic growth. At the City Council, I intend to find creative new ways to harness and invest in the human capital here and make sure that is at the heart of the jobs engine for all San Diegans. It's critical that we also work closely with our education institutions like UCSD to make sure we equip the next generation of job seekers with the skills they need to be successful.
I recognize that there is no greater treasure than where we call home. I believe we are ready to make the uncomfortable decisions today so that future generations of San Diegans can live comfortably tomorrow. As a member of the City Council, I would make it my priority to implement Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) with maximum efficiency ensuring clean and affordable energy for our residents. In addition, I believe the current Climate Action Plan (CAP) can be a gold standard for cities around the country and I will ensure that the provisions of the CAP are met on-time. I will never lose sight of the enormous climate challenges that we face, but I also believe that we can all contribute by making small changes in our everyday life. I will ensure additional funding for education programs that highlight the impacts of climate change and how we can do our part to mitigate the effects.
My family currently rents in University City and knows first-hand the struggle it is to try and purchase a house in San Diego. As a City Councilmember, I will make it my mission to ensure that we simplify the process to allow residents to develop Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and to increase our overall housing supply without compromising our environment. I also believe that homeowners living on-site should be allowed to rent their extra rooms as an alternative income stream, however speculators looking to create pop-up hotels should not be allowed to circumvent existing zoning laws.
The most important job of the City Council is the safety and security of the residents. I strongly support legislation like AB298 which explores a home purchase assistance program that recognizes the need for first responders to be able to live within the communities they serve. I look forward to leveraging my experience in innovation to bring cutting-edge technology to increase public safety, making sure our communities are safer and our tax dollars go further.
A strong infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy. Working through the City and SANDAG, I would make sure that the infrastructure needs of tomorrow are prioritized today. We invested a lot in bringing the trolley to District 1, we must now invest in local connective networks to maximize the trolley’s utility and ensure that it is accessible for all of our residents and not just those who live closest. Beyond the mega projects, I will not forget the everyday needs of our community. I will focus on upgrading our existing parks, libraries, and pools. We also need to fill the potholes, make sure our bridges are safe, our sidewalks are maintained, bike paths are upgraded, and that there are enough EV charging stations.
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Environment
I recognize that there is no greater treasure than where we call home. I believe we are ready to make the uncomfortable decisions today so that future generations of San Diegans can live comfortably tomorrow. As a member of the City Council, I would make it my priority to implement Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) with maximum efficiency ensuring clean and affordable energy for our residents. In addition, I believe the current Climate Action Plan (CAP) can be a gold standard for cities around the country and I will ensure that the provisions of the CAP are met on-time. I will never lose sight of the enormous climate challenges that we face, but I also believe that we can all contribute by making small changes in our everyday life. I will ensure additional funding for education programs that highlight the impacts of climate change and how we can do our part to mitigate the effects.
Economy
Embracing innovation is one of the most important factors in building an economy that works for everyone in our city. I have seen first-hand the impact that fostering innovation has on economic growth. On the City Council, I intend to find creative new ways to harness and invest in the human capital here and make sure that is at the heart of the jobs engine for all San Diegans. Its critical that we also work closely with our education institutions like UCSD to make sure we equip the next generation of job seekers with the skills they need to be successful.
Housing
My family currently rents in University City and knows first-hand the struggle it is to try and purchase a house in San Diego. As a City Councilmember, I will make it my mission to ensure that we simplify the process to allow residents to develop Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and to increase our overall housing supply without compromising our environment. I also believe that homeowners living on-site should be allowed to rent their extra rooms as an alternative income stream, however speculators looking to create pop-up hotels should not be allowed to circumvent existing zoning laws.
Infrastructure
A strong infrastructure is the backbone of a strong economy. Working through the City and SANDAG, I would make sure that the infrastructure needs of tomorrow are prioritized today. We invested a lot in bringing the trolley to District 1, we must now invest in local connective networks to maximize the trolley’s utility and ensure that it is accessible for all of our residents and not just those who live closest. Beyond the mega projects, I will not forget the everyday needs of our community. I will focus on upgrading our existing parks, libraries, and pools. We also need to fill the potholes, make sure our bridges are safe, our sidewalks are maintained, bike paths are upgraded, and that there are enough EV charging stations.
Public Safety
The most important job of the City Council is the safety and security of the residents. I strongly support legislation like AB298 which explores a home purchase assistance program that recognizes the need for first responders to be able to live within the communities they serve. I look forward to leveraging my experience in innovation to bring cutting-edge technology to increase public safety, making sure our communities are safer and our tax dollars go further.
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