What drew you into the field of Planning?
Since childhood, I have always believed that the spaces in which we live have a critical role in our well-being and the evolution of our community. As an adult, I began to see how policy and regulation informed the changing physical shape that a city takes, sometimes for the better and sometimes, for the worse. The questions, analysis, and conclusions pertaining to the impact of policy and regulation on all of us is meaningful and fulfilling work.
Before working at Blueline, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
Prior to entering the field of planning, I worked in the multi-family housing industry. Managing distressed properties is both very difficult and interesting. Although I hope I never have to do this type of work again, I can say that it provided me with a front row seat to the “event horizon” where investment property interests and public needs collide.
If given the chance, who would you like to be for a day?
Someone who I had difficulty understanding. I think the first step in the synchronicity in any type of relationship is being able to first, calm the mind and then exercise both humility and empathy. I find that if I can first understand someone, it keeps me out of the “us versus them” mindset. Being someone else for a day would provide the ultimate insight.
Is there anything else you want us to know?
I enjoy playing and writing music and spending time with my family. I’m also currently attending the Seattle University School of Law so that I can ultimately practice in Washington State by 2025. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, I would like to share that I am native to a place called “La Frontera” in Nogales. I have a deep appreciation for what the Latin American community has brought to the US and watched the intersection of the Mexican and US cultures blend in the city where I spoke my first words. Finally, I can’t say no to re-watching Cosmos with my son.