Life is an adventure. If you don't seize it, it will pass you by. That's why I approach my personal growth with the same passion as smart growth. Here's a little bit about what you get with me.
I run. Nothing demands dedication and drive quite like training. I've completed two marathons. In October, I finished the Detroit Marathon at 3:03, good for 75th out of 3,800 runners. I qualified for the Boston Marathon, which I'll run in 2017.
I travel. Having visited 18 countries across 5 continents, I love how travel throws me out of my element and builds my self-reliance. I've lived on a farm in the Andes, camped in the Namibian desert, trekked the cloud forests of Guatemala, and visited Angkor Wat, Macchu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal. In 2013, I was a finalist for the Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Climate Change and Clean Energy to study PDAs in Australia.
I brew. I've homebrewed since 2009. My dormant blog, Geography in a Glass, explores how geography, regulatory regimes, and environment shaped the beer styles we love. With Sarah Morton Comics, I authored a Geography in a Glass comic that was featured in Mash Tun four times. Yes, I'm a beer geek.
I lead. I serve as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of the Congress New Urbanism and on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Committee for UIC's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. I've also served on boards for Transport Chicago and Friends of Downtown. In 2015, I organized and emceed a PechaKucha slam on tactical urbanism.
I cycle. In 2013, I rode 100+ miles from the Lincoln Park Zoo to Milwaukee Zoo in a single day. I've also pedaled along the Missouri River, the hills of unglaciated Wisconsin, and the vineyards of the German Mosel. After I gave up my car in 2005, my bike has served as my primary mode of transportation.
I read. My myriad interests include: urban history, the development of credit and capital markets, American politics, the environment, and institutions in South America and Africa. I consume information. Ask me about the history of the banana.