Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN Doctor of Philosophy, History Master of Arts in History
Rhodes College, Memphis, TN Bachelor of Arts in History
Before going to college, I did a variety of things. I worked as a dishwasher at a Vegan Soul Food restaurant; I was the ‘juice guy’ at an organic grocery store; I worked as a carpenter’s apprentice for 18 months, cleaned houses, and traveled both the US and Europe in a punk rock band.
I also founded Revolutions Bike Co-op in Memphis, a community bicycle shop dedicated to teaching people how to build their own recycled bike. This community work led me into bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, which led me ultimately to co-found Bike Walk Tennessee - a statewide network of local bike advocates dedicated to making Tennessee the best state in the US for people who walk and bike. I was President of the Board for Bike Walk Tennessee for nearly ten years.
Most recently, I worked with former Memphis and Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, Jr. as a consultant on variety of civic projects - including the development of an Institute for Civil Rights and Civic Leadership.
Favorite Things About Working at CC
There are just so many...the students I have worked with in my brief time here have been phenomenal. My experience has been that they come from across the country and the world, bringing unique perspectives and backgrounds to bear on their work here at CC.
The staff and faculty I have encountered here have also been so supportive and engaging. From the folks at HR to the colleagues in my division to the people I have met in meetings and workshops, the CC community has made me feel right at home after a big move across the country.
I love to read and write, play music, and spend time outdoors. I’m excited to explore the Front Range and Pike Peak Region, looking especially for places to hike and camp with my wife and our puppy.