A Presidential Candidate Motivated by Sustainable Living
Since 2010, I live and work at Lost Valley Education & Events Center, the intentional community at which is now known as Meadowsong Ecovillage. The focus is on cooperative living and sustainability in the environmental, personal, and social senses. It is 30 minutes outside Euge
ne, OR; the website is lostvalley.org.
I coordinate the educational programs we run for adults and teens, coordinate outside events renting our conference center facilities, and act as general decision-maker.
Lost Valley does not support this campaign financially or in any other way – the two are completely separate. Use of facilities for the campaign is paid as would be the case with any private, non-Lost Valley endeavor.
I live in a cabin that has electricity but no running water; there are nearby shared kitchens and bathrooms that meet those needs. I use some of the luxuries of our society (such as the fancy fone in my pocket) but not others (such as television). I do not own a car, out of simplicity, financial prudence, and environmental concern.
- December 4, 1978 – Born as second child to white-collar parents in Northboro, Massachusetts, USA.
- 1985 – Moved with family to the next town over, Southboro – family has not moved since – regular time in rural Maine and big-name ski vacations
- 1997 – Graduated from Algonquin Regional High School with honors – did one month international exchange program in Australia – began at The College of William & Mary in Virginia.
- 1998 – Read the book Ishmael, a life-directing event
- 2000 – Semester abroad in Botswana – first experience in the Global South
- Summers during college and grad school – jobs included Cultural Survival indigenous advocacy organization (Boston; link), lab technician (MA), tour guide at historic Great Camp Sagamore (New York state; link), and trail crew leader for Northwest Youth Corps (rural Oregon; link)
- 2001 – Graduated from William & Mary with honors, receiving Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology – spent two months traveling and studying in Venezuela
- 2002-03 – Completed 11-month international volunteer program with Danish nongovernmental organization Humana People to People – included training in Denmark and work in Austria – crux was 6 months as a manager in a HIV/AIDS program in Botswana – helped trained next volunteer team in Denmark & Slovakia
- 2003 – Moved indefinitely to a tiny indigenous village in Venezuela, living with a local family for close to a year – communicated only in Spanish and Warao [read more]
- 2004 – Moved back to the United States – prepared for grad school
- 2005-07 – Graduate school at Duke University, receiving Master’s degree in Religion, with honors
- 2007-08 – Completed 5-month internship in Sierra Leone and Liberia with peace-building & conflict transformation organization Search for Common Ground [link]
- 2008-2010 – Outdoor science teacher/environmental educator in New Hampshire (Appalachian Mountain Club) and California (Los Angeles County Outdoor Science School) – plus three summers leading wilderness trips with teenagers [read more]
- 2010-present – Staff member and resident at permaculture education center and aspiring ecovillage in Oregon (Lost Valley Education & Event Center – website) – since 2011 Education Director and Events Director
- 2015-16 – Candidate for President of the United States [filing with FEC]
7 = Number of U.S. states lived in
30+ = Number of U.S. States lived in or visited
6 = Number of countries lived in (for at least 2.5 months)
30+ = Number of countries lived in or visited
37 = Number of months spent abroad
These are ways I self-identify, beyond demographic categories such as male and United Statesian:
- an educator
- an internationalist
- a thinker
- a citizen
- a consumer
- a permaculturalist
- an athlete
- a mental minority
- a communitarian
Published articles: I have had three articles published in Communities magazine, a quarterly about intentional community (ecovillages, cohousing, communes, co-ops, and spiritual communities). One of the three, about my alternative view of diversity, is available in full on the magazine’s website here.
Hobbies: I love maps and geography, and really enjoy geography trivia. This pastime lines up with my interest and experience in various parts of the world, and an undergraduate degree in anthropology. I love hiking up big mountains to see vast views.
Photo of my wooden bowl, which I carved in 2013 and use for most meals. I am a fan of ancestral skills and handmade items.
“Of all the people I know and have ever met, I can not think of anyone better for President.” – Laura Covely, Dexter, OR