My parents are immigrants from Venezuela, and we moved to the US when I was about 4 yrs. old. I have lived all over the US, but “home” is South Jersey. I am a 2005 USNA graduate and earned a scholarship to earn a masters in the MIT-WHOI Joint Program. I subsequently served as a Surface Warfare Officer onboard two Navy warships stationed in San Diego. During those operational tours, I completed 2 deployments to the Middle East. I left the Navy in 2011, and traveled to Brazil for a few months to learn Portuguese and volunteer. Then I taught Physics at Rutgers University for a semester before coming to HLS.