i was born and raised in the beach flats neighborhood of santa cruz, california. the beach flats is a typical lower income neighborhood – gang violence was a daily thing. by the time i was in middle school i’d get into fights walking to and from school. at harbor high school, i was a three-year varsity starter on the football team, a multiple all-conference team selection, and on the all city team.
after high school, i attended both fresno state and cabrillo college. i came to snc to play on the lacrosse team, and to complete my degree. i’ll be the first person in my family to get a college degree when i graduate.
my passion in life is the restaurant and bar business. i’m the co-owner of two restaurants and a lounge with my business partner and best friend back home in santa cruz. i see my future growing and expanding my businesses, so of course i chose to major in business management.