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College: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Class of (year): 2009
Activities: 2007 Vice President University and Community Relations for Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, REACH (Raising Education Attainment Challenge) board member
Hometown: Earlville, New York
I was raised by a single mother along with my three siblings in a small upstate town. There were times we were homeless, but my mother modeled hard work, at times working multiple jobs, to give me and my siblings the comfort and security necessary for us to succeed. Studying Communication at Cornell University gave me an important foundation to achieve this dream.
While attending Cornell, I ran for and won a four-year seat as the representative for Ithaca's Fourth Ward, the most diverse and densely populated ward in the city covering Collegetown's commercial district, Cornell's West Campus Residences as well as the beautiful and historic neighborhoods of East Hill. In my first year in office, I chaired the committee to create the Ithaca Youth Council.
Since graduating, I continue to live and contribute to the Ithaca community, having worked with youth as an apprenticeship coordinator with The Learning Web in Ithaca as well as the Assistant Director of Student and Young Alumni Programs for Cornell University. I’ve since left Cornell, now serving as the youngest Mayor in Ithaca’s history.