I am currently serving my first-term on the Cambridge City Council, where I'm the Chair of the Transportation & Public Utilities Committee and Co-Chair of the Housing Committee. Before starting on the City Council, I worked at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, a land policy non-profit based in Cambridge, where I collaborated with academic institutions and NGOs like The Nature Conservancy and WWF to build capacity for conservation in the region and around the world. I’ve also worked at a civic-sector consulting firm that partnered with government agencies, non-profits, and foundations on strategic planning, program design, and metrics of success projects. I have a BA in Human Ecology with a focus on economics and environmental policy from College of the Atlantic in Maine.
My volunteer and political organizing work in Cambridge has focused on affordable housing & tenant protections, climate change, equitable transit, and economic justice. I’m a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), where I’ve worked with renters facing eviction and displacement in forming tenants’ unions, spoken at city council for affordable housing policies including relocation assistance and a transfer fee to reduce speculation, and advocated for state and federal policies including Medicare for All. I have also organized with groups including Our Revolution Cambridge and City Life Vida Urbana for immediate action to protect the most vulnerable and for longer-term policy changes.
I’m the son of a woman who grew up on a farm in Iowa and a man who grew up in the Portuguese colony of Goa in India. As result, I speak Portuguese, am conversational in Spanish, and have eaten a lot of sweet corn with butter.