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In a Nutshell.

Hi! My name is Aaron. I'm a community organizer, transportation policy wonk, nonprofit enthusiast, coalition builder, map collecting, bicycle-riding, part-time writer, feminist, social-media addict, public transit aficiando, social justice-minded urbanist currently living in inner North Portland, Oregon. I grew up in suburban Portland with affinities for high school theater, civic volunteerism, photography, and the Urban Growth Boundary. I graduated valedictorian from Sunset High School and attended Macalester College in Saint Paul Minnesota, where I studied Urban Geography, Environmental History and unlocking frozen bicycle U-locks with boiling water. At Macalester, I served three years on student government, and as the Academic Affairs Commission Chair and launched a textbook reserve program; I also served as the photography editor for The Mac Weekly, a radio host for WMCN, and wrote an Honors Thesis on the impact of the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While in the Twin Cities, I developed a strong affinity for Minneapolis' brownstone duplexes, Holy Land hummus, the Replacements, an extensive network of bicycle trails and the political philosophy represented by all those old automobiles with Paul Wellstone bumper stickers.  

They say all Oregonians are like the salmon who return to back to the Willamette Valley after a period of time in the big ocean, and after college I similarly returned to Portland to pursue my passions in my hometown. In the seven years since returning to town, I have overseen municipal ballot campaigns that won over $140 million for sidewalks, road maintenance, and operations funding for regional parks and conservation, stewarded a substantial overhaul of a pedestrian-advocacy nonprofit which now boasts three staff, a revamped board of directors and a litany of progressive policy victories for livable streets; led the charge to pass the country's first marijuana crimes expungement bill, stood with Governor Brown as she signed the nation's first Automatic Voter Registration Bill, taught over 500 Oregonians how to become a bike commuter through employee luncheons, and led 2015's National Voter Registration Day efforts to organize 140 volunteers to register 1230 Oregonians across the state to receive ballots.  

I've appeared on KGW's Straight Talk, KATU's and KPTV's evening news, XRAY fm's XRAY in the Morning and Group Therapy, Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon, and my writing has appeared in The Oregonian, Willamette Week, BikePortland.org, Portland Transport and Portland Afoot.

Besides Oregon Walks, my favorite local organizations I budget to support through gift of time, money and attention include the Community Cycling Center, Depave, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Bitch Media, Unite Oregon, APANO, the Rosewood Initiative, the 107ist, and Friends of Trees. 

I'm an ardent fan of my beloved Portland Timbers, the Portland Thorns, and the Portland Trailblazers, and traveling across the country on a moment's notice with my father to watch my middling Timbers hoist the MLS Cup in Columbus, Ohio in 2015 remains the best weekend of my life. I've ridden my Surly Crosscheck over 19,000 miles since first taking it for a spin around Lake Calhoun in 2010, and I'm an aspiring bike camper, having ridden four century rides and the 2016 Cycle Oregon ride along the southern coast. 

I'm passionate about urban transportation, healthy cities, good governance, independent media, the Oregon Coast, and unclogging Portland's abysmally antiquated storm drains after a big rain. 

Hi! My name is Aaron. I'm a community organizer and nonprofit enthusiast with an affinity for urban policy, coalition building, map collecting, bicycle-riding, and movements for social justice through civic engagement. I'm a part-time writer, social-media addict, public transit aficionado, YIMBY rabblerouser currently living in the St Johns neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. I grew up in Portland’s western suburbs with affinities for high school theater, civic volunteerism, photography, the Oregon Coast and the Urban Growth Boundary, about which I wrote a report in fifth grade.

I graduated valedictorian from Sunset High School and attended Macalester College in Saint Paul Minnesota, where I focused my studies in Urban Geography, Environmental History and unlocking frozen bicycle U-locks. I graduated cum laude, culminating in an Honors Thesis that explored the social, economic, environmental and cultural ramifications of the construction of the Midtown Greenway through South Minneapolis.  While at Macalester, I launched a textbook reserve program through my position on student government, served as photography editor for the school newspaper, hosted a radio show for WMCN, and won the Dean of Students award for "demonstrating genuine love of the community through service to the college." I also picked up a strong affinity for Minneapolis' Lake Street, midwestern summer rainstorms,  and the community-organizing philosophy championed by those ubiquitous green Wellstone bumper stickers.  

They say all Oregonians are like the salmon who return back to the Willamette Valley after leaving town for the big ocean, and after college I similarly returned to Portland to pursue civic engagement in my hometown. In the seven years since returning, I have held significant, leadership roles in municipal and regional ballot campaigns that won over $1.1 billion for livable streets, public schools and  conservation initiatives. I stewarded a substantial overhaul of a pedestrian-advocacy nonprofit which now boasts three staff and a revamped board of directors, led the campaign to pass the country's first marijuana records expungement bill through the Oregon Legislature, stood with Governor Kate Brown as she signed the nation's first Automatic Voter Registration Bill, ran a bike commute program that tracked over a million miles of trips, and orchestrated 2015's National Voter Registration Day efforts in Oregon to organize 140 volunteers to register 1,230 Oregonians (over 700 of them high schoolers) in 12 communities across the state to receive ballots on a single day.  

I've appeared on KGW's Straight Talk, KATU's and KPTV's evening news, XRAY.fm's XRAY in the Morning and Group Therapy, Jefferson Public Radio in southern Oregon, and my writing has appeared in The Oregonian, Willamette Week, BikePortland.org, Street Roots, Portland Transport and Portland Afoot. I've earned media in these publications and more, including The New York Times, Fusion, and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

I'm an ardent fan of my beloved Portland Timbers, the Portland Thorns, and the Portland Trailblazers, and traveling across the country to watch my middling Timbers hoist the MLS Cup in Ohio with my father remains the best weekend of my life. I've ridden my Surly Crosscheck over 23,000 miles since first taking it for a spin around Lake Calhoun in 2010, and I'm an aspiring long distance cyclist, having ridden four century rides and braved the southern coast ride with Cycle Oregon in 2016. 

I'm passionate about film photography, healthy cities and regions, accountable governance, voting rights, environmental justice, independent media, the Oregon Coast, and unclogging leaves out of Portland's abysmally antiquated storm drains after a big rain.