I am running for Greenville City Council District One to improve and protect our neighborhoods, enhance our parks and natural resources, and support our community centers through thoughtful, strong representation and leadership at City Hall. I will ensure that our neighborhoods are heard and that the City’s ordinances foster appropriate growth and urban planning, while ensuring affordable housing options for all income levels. Greenville is my home, and I want to ensure that it will remain a place where our children can afford to live and be proud to call home.
I grew up in Greenville public schools–Augusta Circle, Hughes Middle, and Greenville High. I then furthered my education at Rhodes College, where I obtained a degree in philosophy. During this time, I also had the opportunity to participate in the Great Lakes Jerusalem program in Israel, where I studied history, religion, politics, language, and culture, with a focus on conflict resolution related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
After college, I returned to Israel and worked on a kibbutz and traveled in Israel, Turkey, and Egypt. Later, I then graduated from law school at the University of Memphis. I had the privilege of clerking in the Shelby County Circuit Court for the Honorable D’Army Bailey, the judge and civil rights activist, author, and film actor who founded the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took place.
After my time in Memphis, I returned to Greenville to begin my legal career. I am a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, a global labor and employment law firm. At Ogletree Deakins, I have represented employers in all aspects of employment and labor law before state and federal courts and agencies. I am currently the Chair-Elect of the South Carolina Bar’s Employment and Labor Law Section.
My work with the City of Greenville began with two full terms on the City of Greenville Planning Commission, including serving as Chair. In this role, I made recommendations to City Council on zoning and annexation issues, reviewed and approved new subdivisions, and was involved in comprehensive planning. I also served on the City’s Residential Infill Task Force from 2015-2016. This task force analyzed and made recommendations to City Council about infill projects, their impact on existing neighborhoods, and related ordinances.
In addition to my work in the public and private sectors, I have remained dedicated to bettering the Greenville community through volunteer work. For twelve years, I was a committed volunteer at the United Way of Greenville County. My interest in public service began with the Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Greenville program. Currently, I am a Steering Committee Member with the Greenville Homeless Alliance, where I work to combat local homelessness and increase housing options for at-risk families and individuals.
Ultimately, I am running for my wife and children and their futures. I was lucky to meet GraceAnna while mountain biking and we got married in 2003. She is a nurse with Prisma health and recently completed her Master of Science in Nursing at Clemson University. We are fortunate to have two great children. Finn (age 12) attends League Academy and loves fishing. Mayme (age 9), the apple of my eye, attends Stone Academy. Both of my children have attended the City’s Bobby Pearse Community Center summer and afterschool programs.
In addition to being members at Fourth Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville, where we previously served as youth group leaders, we often attend Triune Mercy Center near our home. I am passionate about recreation for youth, and have coached many United FC-Furman teams for boys and girls. In my free time, I enjoy live music, mountain biking, camping, beekeeping, and working out at Lions Roar Crossfit.