Born in the North Minneapolis community, I relocated with my Grandmother and Mother to Atlanta, GA at the age of 3 years old. Attending several elementary schools and high schools, Columbia High School, in Decatur, GA. Growing up during the Crack era in the inner cities of Atlanta and Decatur, I acquired a wide range of acquaintances, experiences, and exposures.
After completing high school, I in jail, and then prison for the next 12 years in the state of Georgia. After executing my full sentence, I returned to the Atlanta community working various jobs to survive and with the determination to keep my life moving in my new direction forward. In 2006, I relocated back to my native community North Minneapolis with a strong desire to make a change where I co-founded the Minnesota chapter of Criminals and Gangmembers Anonymous (CGA) a Lifestyle Recovery Program. I facilitated 208 CGA groups touching over 3,120 individuals at a local treatment center who sought lifestyle recovery support over the course of 4 years. I volunteered at the Neighborhood Hub where I later gained full-time employment from 2011-16 as a Resource Navigator advocating for hundreds of families in North Minneapolis and providing them with food, housing support and other resources for daily living. Over the past 10 years, I have continued my trend of positive and impactful change that has both strengthened my abilities and capacity while remaining committed to learning, growing, and supporting methods that create healthier communities.
I am a proud father of a beautiful 19-year-old daughter and am a recognized community leader for my commitment, impact, volunteerism, and service. I am a 2014 restorative Justice Practitioner Honoree, 2014 with the Sullivan Ballou Fund Honoree- presented by the Honorable Judge Peterson. A 2014 Sons of Bransford Mentorship Honoree, 2019 US Attorney Honored for Excellence and the Pursuit of Justice for my work on the Group Violence Intervention/ Project L.I.F.E. initiative, which was under the auspices of the US Department Office of Justice and Programs National Initiative. I served as a community representative on the Police/Community support team with the 4th precinct. A 2016 Boards Commissions Fellow through Nexus Community Partners, a former Neighborhood & Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) Commissioner. I am also trained and certified as a Trauma-informed care Specialist, a Psychological First Aide respondent, and Circle Keeper. I am also a proud recipient of the 2020 VOQAL Fellowship which supports social change agents.