I grew up in Costa Mesa, attended Costa Mesa schools, and graduated from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I analyze clean-energy investments, am an active community member, and serve as Vice Chair of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

I worked to save Fairview Park

I worked with other community members to protect Fairview Park as a passive, public nature park, and created this video in 2016 to help educate the public about the fight to save this precious open space. As Parks and Recreation Commission liaison to the Fairview Park Steering Committee, I support efforts to enhance Fairview Park through restoration of natural habitats, volunteer-based education programs (e.g., nature walks), and an active array of passive recreation (walking, jogging, biking, bird-watching, flying gliders, model trains, etc.).

Watch the Save Fairview Park video.

I fought high-density development at Banning Ranch


I worked with other community members to fight a massive, high-density development project that would have extremely negative impacts on westside Costa Mesa neighborhood, and created this video and this video to help educate the public and rally support for the effort. I support efforts to purchase and restore the 401-acre Banning Ranch as a public nature park for passive recreation and habitat restoration.

Watch the first Save Banning Ranch video.

Watch the second Save Banning Ranch video.

I installed a Little Free Library to create community and encourage reading


I installed a Little Free Library in front of my home to share books with neighbors and encourage reading. I enjoy seeing neighbors and their kids drop by to exchange books and leave friendly notes for each other in the library’s note box.

Read more about my Little Library in the Freedom Homes.

I was recognized as a Daily Pilot “Unsung Hero”

In 2016, I was honored to be recognized in the Daily Pilot’s “Unsung Hero” series for my approach to sustainable living and my contributions to stopping the development project at Banning Ranch.
Read my "Unsung Hero" the article from the Daily Pilot.

I was recognized in the LA Times for Community Organizing

Award-winning L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez recognized the impact of our local community organizing to raise awareness and stop the proposed development project at Banning Ranch.

Read the article about our grassroots efforts to Save Banning Ranch.


I attended Costa Mesa public schools—Pomona Elementary, Victoria Elementary, TeWinkle Middle School, Estancia High School—and learned leadership from a young age through participation in school clubs, sports, Girls’ Inc and the Boys and Girls Club.

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on robotics and energy, and am a member of the U.C.I. Executive MBA program, through which business executives study how technology is transforming industries and the global economy.


Throughout my college years at MIT, I was fascinated by the role technology plays to solve problems and improve our lives—from individual mobility to global energy issues. That interest lead me to a career in the growing field of energy efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability.


I started my career with a large electric and gas utility and later joined The Cadmus Group, an employee-owned consulting company, where I led engineering research projects. I specialize in impact evaluation of technologies and strategies designed to reduce or optimize energy consumption without compromising performance. I work with statisticians, economists, sociologists, and business customers to examine cost-effectiveness and user acceptance and make recommendations for future research and investments. I've been honored to present at several conferences, including The International Energy Program Evaluation Conference and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Public Service is a Family Tradition

My grandfather was a police officer in Inglewood before becoming a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, and my grandmother was a school principal for more than 40 years with the L.A. Unified School District. My father was a Marine Corps officer who served in Vietnam, and my mother is a first-generation college graduate. Both of my parents chose careers as public-school teachers, and each devoted more than 30 years to helping young people. My brother, also an Estancia High School graduate, is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, focusing on consumer protection.

I have volunteered as a coach and mentor and serve as Vice Chair of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission, I have worked with neighbors and local businesses to stop unwanted development and protect our parks, and I will continue to work for our residents on Costa Mesa’s City Council.




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