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Meet David

Get to Know the Candidate

I am a political scientist, devoted community member, and Como resident seeking to bring a reasonable and independent voice to our City Council. I’ve devoted most of my professional career to public policy research and community activism, and I have a long record of success in what I have done. I am also proudly Peruvian-Minnesotan. I look forward to contributing my background and experiences to support my community, and to get St. Paul back on track.

Professionally, I’ve dedicated my career to public policy. I work as a political scientist, specializing in environmental politics and Latin American politics. I have a bachelor’s degree in Economics (Whitman College), a master’s in public policy (UofM Humphrey School), and PhD in political science (UW-Madison). I’ve also worked as an economic researcher for Poverty Action Lab in Santiago, Chile, a program evaluator for the MN Office of the Legislative Auditor, and have served as a Fulbright scholar in Mexico and Peru. I am also an Eagle Scout.

I have a long record of standing up for my community. I helped lead the effort to reverse Falcon Heights’ ban on front yard gardening, I was part of the fight to protect Pig’s Eye Lake, and I worked to defend historic buildings across the city. I grew up and currently live in the Como neighborhood, and I’ve spent most my life here. I also attended Central High School and MMSA. I love my community. I want Ward 5 residents to know they are a part of something, that they can always reach out and share their story. I am here to listen.

Outside of my professional work, I am a musician – I play violin, guitar, and mandolin, mostly in the Latin jazz and swing traditions. I also grow specialty potatoes in Duluth, Minnesota, and I help run a group, the Twin Cities Front Yard Organic Gardeners Club.

Finally, I am Peruvian-Minnesotan, and will be the first Latino councilmember in St. Paul’s history. I’m excited to help give voice to our Latino communities across the city.

Curriculum Vitae

I've been an active community member, and have contributed to many policy debates. Here are some examples:

Historic Preservation and Public Charter Schools

Pig’s Eye Lake

Proposed Alatus Project

Seed Saving

Rent Stabilization (toward the bottom of the page)