I’m an experienced government communicator. My background is in journalism, but at this point in my career I’ve done a little bit of everything. I’m currently the marketing and communication manager for MnDOT Research Services.
Before coming to MnDOT, I was the publications coordinator/writer for the Public Information Services department of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Other past work includes editing trade magazines for law enforcement, producing a daily morning news roundup for Patch.com, and serving as a Ramsey County election judge.
I’m a graduate of the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities (coursework finished in 2004, degree awarded in 2005 — it’s a long story), and I’m currently enrolled in the Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration program at Metropolitan State University. I live in St. Paul with my wife, a very hard-working and talented corporate communicator, and our two cats. In my spare time, I’m a homebrewer and amateur photographer, among other things.
- I’m an (almost) certified beer judge, holding the rank of “recognized” by the Beer Judge Certification Program (yes, that’s a real thing, and the test is insanely hard).
- I proposed to my wife on top of the Minnesota State Capitol Building (behind the Quadriga), after getting special permission to bring her up to the roof at night.
- I’m a chronic early riser, often getting up at 4:30 in the morning for no good reason. (From a creative standpoint, I tend to be highly productive during these hours.)
- I ran my high school’s underground newspaper (it no longer exists anywhere online, unfortunately) at the same time I was cadet commander of a Civil Air Patrol squadron.