Jeff grew up in Grand Rapids, where his father was the executive director of the regional food bank, and his mother was deeply involved with the local neighborhood association. From their examples he learned about the inequalities in our society, the importance of public service, and the huge positive impact that even small changes – such as letting folks visiting a food pantry pick out their own food – can have.
While attending Grand Rapids’ City High School, Jeff played varsity soccer and tennis, and participated in many theatre productions. He went on to Northern Michigan University, where he graduated summa cum laude before returning to Grand Rapids and marrying his wife (and co-high school valedictorian) Elianna, with whom he is currently raising a cat, a dog, and four chickens.
In his professional life, Jeff is an independent web designer and developer. He is also the volunteer executive director of Nonprofit Innovations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the charitable food distribution system, which provides information on food pantry best practices to thousands of people around the country, and has made more than half a million pounds of food assistance available to families in need on the south side of Grand Rapids. Jeff remains a strong advocate for the arts, and recently concluded a five-season stint on the board of the Heritage Theatre Group.
As a small businessman and nonprofit leader, Jeff has had the opportunity to work with and learn from a broad range of people and organizations – from pastors, farmers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs, to neighborhood associations, regional nonprofits, and global companies – and he will take the power of those diverse perspectives with him to Washington.
Jeff will work with like-minded members of both parties to strengthen the middle class, improve access to affordable healthcare and quality education, and ensure that our government and economy work for all Americans.
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Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.
– President Dwight Eisenhower