I moved to New Brighton and bought my house here nine years ago.  I chose New Brighton because I saw a safe city, a city investing in its future through excellent schools and a strong commitment to community.  I knew New Brighton was the place I wanted to belong to, a place for my wife, Liza and I, to start a family. 

My parents taught me early on the importance of family, community, civic responsibility, and education (with 65 years of experience as educators between them!).  They also instilled in me a work ethic that I will bring to the City Council.  

I worked as an advocate for the middle class, working families, public university students and for rights for the LGBTQ community in Minnesota at the state and federal level, which has given me a deep understanding of how policies and laws directly impact people's lives. 

The experience of seeking solutions, building coalitions and providing a vision for the future has taught me how to get things done in government.  

Work and Volunteer Life

  • Community & Political Organizer, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federaltion (MRLF)
  • Community Organizer, Minnesotans United for All Families Campaign
  • Director of Government Relations, Minnesota State University Student Association (MSUSA)


Community Involvement

  • Current Member of the Economic Development Commission
  • Past Member of the Civil Service Commission
  • Past Board Member of the Mounds View Schools Education Foundation formerly known as the 621 Foundation Trustee - Foundation has garnered over $1,000,000 in support of education projects in the Mounds View Public School District



  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of Minnesota-Morris, Political Science - 2002

 Prepared by the Allen for Council Campaign Committee - 427 11th Ave NW, New Brighton, MN 55112