Growing up only five miles south of Cincinnati in Highland Heights, Kentucky, I spent a lot of time taking day trips to the city with my parents. My dad has been working in Cincinnati for over thirty years and my mom used to work as a mail courier before facing early retirement after a number of bouts with breast cancer and various illnesses.
I remember riding around with her on my days off from school in the summer. We listened to WGRR (I still know every word to Marvin Gaye’s songs) while she drove around Cincinnati’s neighborhoods. I remember looking at the skyline in awe. This was back when the Carew Tower was the tallest building in the skyline and the Reds still played at Cinergy Field. My favorite players were Pokey Reese and Barry Larkin. There was nothing better than going to these games with my dad. With every year that passes I become more amazed with the progress we’ve made to our riverfront when I visit Great American Ballpark, and I still like to indulge in cotton candy from time to time.
I’ve always considered myself a jack-of-all-trades. This is reflected in my non-traditional approach on my education. After completing two years at Northern Kentucky University, I transferred to the University of Cincinnati. Picking up a number of skills along the way, I took a year off to work for a local startup before returning.
I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing, Psychology, and American History. During my time in school, I’ve completed one book of poetry and plan on publishing the second in April of this year.
If there’s one thing I believe in, it’s that those whom work hard and exert themselves to strengthen the bonds of both family and community should get back what they put in. These days, far too many people take shortcuts while those at the top scratch the backs of others in favor of rewarding others for their hard work. Not me.
Merit outweighs all else in the world in my book, and I place high value in the people who serve in the public sector. Whether you’re a police officer, firefighter, sanitation worker, or any kind of city employee, your work does not go unnoticed. It takes a city to keep things together, and you hold the fabric of our fine city in your weathered hands. I want to push for a Cincinnati that makes things fair for all people and keeps selfishness and greed out of the picture.
Just because I’m young doesn’t mean that I haven’t been hard at work to make an impact. Starting in 2013, I became involved with Cincinnati’s booming startup scene as someone who wasn’t very familiar with the scene. Working for a Brandery company, I became the Editorial Manager and honed my writing skills while showcasing local small businesses. In doing this, I got to experience first-hand the passion that many startup founders and small business owners have for building up the communities they operate in. Eventually reaching 2.5 million page views across the country, I realized the scale of the impact I could have in driving people to new experiences and businesses.
Seeing this, I was inspired to create my own company, CityNova. Since last May, we’ve hosted a number of events around the city and our articles have reached hundreds of thousands of people throughout the region. We heard time and time again that our work was convincing people to go to new restaurants and experiences after people read our work, and this is what I’m most proud of. While we’re currently pulling back the reigns while both of us run for office, we hope to continue bringing people together to support our small business community and the communities they serve.
Check out some of my own personal articles and some written about me below: