Born and raised in Pierce County, Justin grew up in a hardworking family who sometimes struggled to make ends meet, like so many other families in the region. His brother was diagnosed with cancer and hospital bills quickly piled up. Justin learned at an early age what it meant come together, roll up your sleeves, and work hard for your loved ones. In high school, he collected newspapers for recycling and waited tables to help his parents keep the lights on. Later, he put himself through college and became the first in his family to graduate from college. Now, as an adult, Justin believes that we can do better for families who are struggling, and he is committed to creating and championing policies that help give a hand up for those who need it.
After graduating college, Justin worked as a teacher at Fife High School for the 10th-12th grades. There, he organized school supplies drives for students in need and served on the Executive Board of the Fife Education Association. He also was the FFA advisor for the school, where he advised a club of 60+ students in after school leadership programs.
Justin is a committed leader who is willing to take on tough jobs and collaborate to find the best solutions for our community. While serving as chair of the Central Neighborhood Council, he worked with his neighbors and focused on their needs. He made sure Sprague Avenue became a fitting entryway into our neighborhood – creating the sort of neighborhood we all deserve. He’s also had the opportunity to serve on the Tacoma Charter Review Committee, help Hilltop with our Sub-area Plan, and serves as the Co-Chair of the Transportation Commission.
Now, Justin works as a government relations officer for Pierce Transit, where he advocates for expanded transit services for all. He currently resides in the Hilltop area of District 3.