Thanks for taking the time to visit my page to learn more about me and my campaign to represent you, your family, and our neighbors in Sacramento as your next state senator.
I’m the founder and Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, a non-profit organization founded in November 2012 (and filed with the California Secretary of State in March of 2013) to assist young veterans returning to the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented employment upon completion of their military service and return or relocation to Southern California.
At the core of Af2Wf’s approach is the fundamental belief that no single group has as much to offer to employers as young veterans, and that the effective delivery of early post-transition career counseling and support will yield substantial dividends for not only veterans themselves, but also the communities to which they are returning. All services for veterans from Af2wf are provided free of charge. The organization accepts no donations or payments from outside sources, and I’ve never drawn a salary or accepted any other form of compensation for my work on behalf of California’s veterans.
This is my way of giving back, out of gratitude for the opportunities I’ve been given, as well as out of deference to those who have also served. It’s part of the same deeply held commitment to service that led to my running to represent you in the legislature.
I’m a veteran myself, having served as an officer in the United States Army following graduation from Yale University and commissioning through the US Army Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. My active duty assignments as a military officer included service in South Korea with a nuclear weapons detachment and conventional artillery units in the 25th Infantry Division.
My post-service experience prior to founding ArmedForce2Workforce has included work in local government, marketing and public relations, film and video production, and executive and consulting positions with a number of technology start-ups in the mobile and Internet media technology spheres.
I am a current member of the Steering Committee for the Orange County Veterans & Military Families Collaborative (OCVMFC), for which I also serve as Chair of its Employment Working Group. I also currently serve as the 1st Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Veterans Caucus, as well as the Chair of its Legislative Committee, and as Vice President of the Democrats of North Orange County (DNOC).
I’m also active in my community, as a member of the Executive Board of Neighbors United for Fullerton (NUFF); through service as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), providing mentorship and advocacy for an at-risk youth in the Orange County foster care system; as co-founder and board member for the Veteran Business Network of Greater Los Angeles; as a member of the local chapters of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); and as a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, as well as a host of other local community efforts.
My wife Darcy is a native of Orange County and works as an investment analyst at a locally based Fortune 500 insurance company. We live in Fullerton with our daughter and our three weird but likeable rescue Chihuahuas.