As a lifelong resident of Malibu, with years of service both within city government and in the community, I am uniquely positioned to help guide Malibu into its future.
For the past six years I have served on the Malibu Planning Commission, and before that, on the Public Works Commission. I know the inner workings of the City, and have a strong record of striving to retain both our quality of life and our unique environment.
As an avid surfer and mountain biker, I've developed a deep appreciation of the wilderness, and have learned all the ways that our Local Coastal Program is designed to preserve it.
As an entrepreneur – I owned ZJ Boarding House surf shop for 28 years, and now provide coaching for small business owners – I have the discipline, multi-tasking ability and temperament necessary to handle complex matters with success.
Having volunteered for many years to help with the local homelessness situation – I've worked regularly on our Malibu Homelessness Connect days, and am on the Santa Monica Homelessness Steering Committee – I now have both a clear understanding of how large organizations work and a profound appreciation for why they must be made to work better.
I'm also a member of the Santa Monica Chamber Education Committee; Director of the Malibu Chamber's "Lunch & Learn" program; have worked closely with SurfAid International for the past 17 years, and produced its first fundraising event in the United States.
Between my children and I, we have attended every public school in Malibu. I graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a BA in Psychology. I now live in the Malibu West neighborhood with my wife Maggie, an Interior Designer. My son Colin graduated from the University of the Pacific and is now a teacher; my son Emmet graduated from Pepperdine University and is a commercial real estate broker; and my daughter Gracie is a senior at the New School in NYC, majoring in literature.
I look forward to applying my various life experiences as a member of your City Council.