My Background

My Background

I grew up in a middle-class family, in a town smaller than Milwaukie, up in the mountains of Colorado. I have worked since I was about 9 years old, starting out delivering milk with the milkman at 5 am. Since that auspicious beginning I’ve had a number of jobs including life guarding, ditch digging, surveying and as a photographer and business owner. My career has included photographing cover stories for the National Geographic and ad campaigns for companies like adidas and Carhartt. I’ve seen a fair piece of the world, I’ve lived all over this country, and about 23 years ago, I chose Oregon to raise my family in. We’ve been in Milwaukie for a little over 15 years. In that time, I’ve served on two committees that worked on the South Downtown vision, helped shape the Milwaukie Transportation System Plan, spear-headed the creation of the sculpture garden as a founding member of Art Mob, and helped fix our city code as a planning commissioner. I’ve been a member of the city council and now mayor for the last 3 years. As mayor, I’ve represented Milwaukie on the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee (C4), as the Chair of the Metro Policy Advisory Committee (MPAC), on the Metro Mayors Consortium, on three League of Oregon Cities legislative committees, the Low-Income Fare Task Force and dozens of other committees and task forces. I’ve advocated for change to state law before our legislators and was proud to be invited to the Mayor’s Climate Summit in Chicago last year.