I was born in a small hospital on the north side of Minneapolis close to where both of my parents grew up. All four of my grandparents lived here as well. My parents and also my only grandparent born in the U.S. all graduated from North High School. I have been married for forty-six years and have four adult children. All four of my children and my four brothers went through Southwest High School, and my grandson was the fifth generation in my family to attend Minneapolis Public Schools. I am proud of our family history in this city and our long-time involvement in its public schools.

I graduated from the University of Minnesota, where I majored in mathematics and history with an emphasis on civil rights. Then, I completed law school at Washington University in St. Louis; during that time, I returned to Minneapolis in the summers to lifeguard and manage two lakes. After graduating from law school, I moved back to Minneapolis to practice law, eventually settling into real estate law. From there, I transitioned into real estate development and management.

I got involved in the parks and in coaching youth sports when I returned home from law school. Thinking I could improve the park system, I decided to run for Park Board Commissioner. For the past two decades, I have led the way on numerous park initiatives while continuing my commitment to coaching. This past spring was my 43rd consecutive year as a volunteer coach.

In my spare time, I raise four chickens in my backyard, spend time with my family, attend performances at the Guthrie and Orchestra Hall, and cheer on the Twins.