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 ⇀