Sitting on the sidelines is no longer an option.
Jamie was born and raised in Rochester, NY by single mother. His grandparents, who were life long civic activists, had a strong influence on him and instilled within Jamie the importance of community, family and giving back.
Growing up in Rochester meant living in the shadows of its hometown heroes. Heroes such as Susan B. Anthony, George Eastman, Frederick Douglass and Jamie's own personal hero, his mother. He was taken by their leadership, passion and resilience; knowing that their work would lead to a better world; not only for themselves, but for their communities, and future generations.
Inspired the paths of these great leaders, Jamie moved to DC in 2008 where he began an almost decade long career as an American Sign Language Interpreter, advocate for people with disabilities and an activist for the LGBTQ community. Every aspect of Jamie's life has seen him step outside the normal parameters of an office and into the community he loves, witnessing first hand the impact policy decisions have on real people.
It was when he witnessed a mother and child being torn from their home after they (BARELY) over qualified for assistance. That is when Jamie decided sitting on the side lines was no longer an option.
DC is an amazing place to live, work and play, but it is clear that we can do more.
Driven by his community, family and sense of giving back, Jamie is determined to guide this beautifully diverse Ward to be more inclusive, accessible and prosperous for all of its residents. By passing person centered legislation, Jamie will bring the resilient spirit of Ward 1 to the Wilson building.
Jamie, his husband Max and Rory, their #Deafdog live in the Cardozo neighborhood, north of U street, where they both continue to be advocates for their communities.