I have been with the Oakland Fire Department as a firefighter and a paramedic since 1998. Prior to that, I had a number of short (but brutally cold and lonely) jobs working as a peregrine falcon watcher, an elephant seal tagger, a municipal dump laborer, and a muffin delivery driver. In addition, I continue to work summers as a whitewater river guide for ARTA river trips.

After high school I attended Deep Springs College in California, a strange and tiny two-year school in the California desert which revolves around the three pillars of literature, testosterone, and cattle. Following that, I finished my Bachelor’s degree at Brown University and went on to earn a Master’s in Range Management at UC Berkeley. I have yet to manage a range.

I’m currently living in Oakland with my wife Shona, our daughter Perseverance, and our sons Maccabee and Zeke.