Born Cinqo de Mayo, 1966 in Cortland, New York.  Grew up in Nichols, NY and Skaneateles, NY.

Attended University of Rochester (course of study: Electrical Engineering), State University of New York at Plattsburgh (courses of study: Environmental Science, Geography, and Philosophy), and New College of California. BA Humanities, MA Writing.

Work Experience:

Nurseryman, Electrician, Chef

New York State Civil Service: Taxpayer Assistant (Sales and Use Tax, Withholding Tax), Principal Accounts Clerk (New York State Department of Correctional Services, New York State Division For Youth)

Art Gallery Manager, Program Representative and Instructor–English Language Program, UC Berkeley Ext., Building Trades Laborer, Author, Travel Writer/Photographer, Ecoliteracy Instructor (K-5).


Life Experience:

Varied and interesting.

Lived all over New York State–Cortland, Nichols, Skaneateles (near Syracuse), Rochester, Plattsburgh, Albany, Brooklyn, Salamanca (Seneca Nation Reservation).

Moved to San Francisco to follow my college sweetheart, Kim, who was here first, in 1996. Married Y2K. Lived in the Inner Sunset, the Presidio, and bought a house in the Outer Sunset in 2006. Had a son, Finn, in 2007.

Well-traveled: 48 contiguous US states +Hawaii, Quebec and Ontario, Europe and Eastern Europe, Chile.

Well-read: yes.

Well-mannered: usually.


Many.  Running (7 consecutive SF Marathons), Surfing (boot camp at Ocean Beach), Biking, Frisbee Golf with my 5 year old.  Gardening.  Others.

Volunteer Activities:

USGS fieldwork (ground truthing). Trail maintenance. Community Gardens. School Gardens. National Parks Service Interpretation, Parks Conservancy GGNRA. Sunset Elementary School Green Schoolyard. Friends of the Urban Forest Sidewalk Gardens, Habitat Restoration Redwood Creek, Environmental Education–Docent, Green Gulch.  Running for San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 4.


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