Experience & Education
Six Years of Dedicated Service
One of the best decisions I have ever made was enlisting in the United States Navy. While it was not always easy, I was afforded opportunities that I would have otherwise never known existed. I was able to learn the importance of teamwork, attention to detail, and what it means to be a leader. I was able to learn these things firsthand and at a young age.
While in the Navy, I spend two years studying Naval Nuclear Power in Charleston, South Carolina and Balston Spa, New York. From there, I operated and maintained nuclear power plants on the USS Nimitz and Ronald Regan for four years. I completed three deployments, two of which were in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving, my focus was upon the electrical distribution system provided to power the nuclear plant equipment and ship's systems. I excelled as a quality assurance inspector and electrical safety expert. For my efforts in electrical safety, I received a Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the the highest non-combat decoration awarded by the United States Department of the Navy.
In 2008, I deiced to pursue my education outside of the armed forces and take advantage of the G.I. Bill. I was honorably discharged and happy to later earn my degree from the University of Oregon in 2010.
Focused & Continuing Education
I was drawn to planning and Chicago to make a positive impact on this nation's transportation system. Active transportation is a passion for me personally and professionally. This approach to transportation was shared by the faculty and students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Their transportation approach is a multi-modal one. This approach to transportation is long overdue, and the negative impacts of not providing healthy, safe, and enjoyable travel options are beginning to severely affect this country and its citizens. By studying at UIC, I knew that I would receive a world-class education that aimed to provide our country with myriad travel options. While at UIC, I excelled in classes featuring plan making, complete streets, transportation modeling, bicycle planning, graphic design, and law. Additionally, I took the opportunity to earn my certificate in Geo-spatial Analysis and Visualization. I am well-versed in transportation, planning, and GIS. I am proud to have received my Masters in Urban Planning and Policy from UIC.
Prior to my time studying at UIC, I received my Baccalaureate of Science at the University of Oregon. While there, I excelled in classes focusing on political science, economics, and statistics. I loved my time in Oregon; I grew not just as student, but importantly, as person too.
Currently, I am enrolled part-time at UIC to receive my certification in project management. I expect to be finished mid-November 2013.
Recent Work Experience
I recently completed my time at the Active Transportation Alliance. While there, I held many roles starting as an intern, staying on staff between semesters as an independent contractor, and finally after graduation I was hired full time to take the lead planning role on the intensive "We Choose Health Initiative" for the Illinois Department of Public Health. My regular duties consisted of plan writing, research, graphic design, and community engagement to support the planning team on numerous multi-modal transportation plans. Additionally, I provided cartographic expertise and analysis.
Prior to my time at the Active Transportation Alliance, I worked as a researcher with the University of Illinois at Chicago gathering data regarding the level and location of demand for high speed rail in Illinois.
Before moving to Chicago I was employed by Representatives Nathanson and Barnhart of the Oregon Legislature. My duties included the research and preparation of legislation, addressing constituent concerns, and scheduling.
Currently, I am working as a researcher on a temporary contract with the University of New Orleans to document and analyze the influence of food truck businesses on the pedestrian environment.
Roll over the icons to the left for a short description of some of my work.