Hi! I'm Nate!
I live on Rice Street near Assafo Market and Tin Cups, and you may have seen me walking with my family or, more likely, snow-blowing or lawn-mowing.
I'm a born and raised St. Paulite, father to 4, husband, Marine Corps veteran, and former librarian. I enjoy baseball, soccer/football, wrestling (think Jordan Burroughs, not Hulk Hogan), technology, philosophy, Star Trek, and chocolate.
I'm asking to represent the Como, North End, Payne-Phalen, and Railroad Island neighborhoods of Ward 5 on the St. Paul City Council, not for myself but for you all, my neighbors, as I believe I want the same things everyone else wants:
A place to call home
A good job
A good education
A feeling of community
Freedom to live the life we please
The people of Ward 5 deserve an effective, distinctly non-partisan representative who makes it easy to understand what's going on, representatives who hold themselves accountable and are accessible to the people they serve in the community they serve in times of both success and shortcoming.
I am confident you will find my experience, knowledge, and core values suitable. I humbly ask for your vote this November and allow me to serve as your representative.
I attended many schools around the city, including Washington Middle School (now Wellstone) and Como Park HS, eventually graduating from Humboldt High Sr. High in 2004.
After an initial attempt at college I changed course and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence collector, analyst, and collection manager. While on active duty, I was stationed at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and deployed three times (sea service, jungle, and desert tours).
After my time in the Marines, I returned to Minnesota, and started college again at Century College. I would later transfer to Hamline University and earn my B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, focusing on developing community with people of all beliefs.
After graduating, I worked many jobs, from barista to pizza delivery and office assistant, before landing in the St. Paul Public Library (SPPL) system at Rondo Library. I most recently worked at the Rice Street Library, but I had at least one shift at every library in the city during my time at SPPL so we may have met before.
After leaving Rondo, I worked at the Macalester College Library and at the Anoka County Library as the Small Business Librarian before moving to a library equipment and software company.
I am now a manager at a technology company focused on helping governments better engage with their residents.
I've been on community boards, steering committees, and led and presented at professional conferences:
City of St. Paul Neighborhood STAR Board - Board Member, Vice Chair
St. Paul College, Computer Science Advisory Committee - Committee Member
Dispute Resolution Center - Board Member, Community Volunteer
Leadership St. Paul (St. Paul Chamber of Commerce) - Graduate, Curriculum Team Member
North End Neighborhood Organization - Former Board Member, Chair of Land Use and Housing Committee (formerly Treasurer)
Minnesota Library Association Institute for Leadership Excellence - Graduate, 2019 Co-Chair