Nate grew up in southwest Baltimore and Baltimore County, where he learned the value of community building from his parents and neighbors. As a political organizer and nonprofit leader, Nate has fought to reduce gun violence, invest in public transportation, provide opportunity for young people and clean up parks and public spaces.
For the past four years, Nate had the privilege of fighting for Baltimore at the White House, where President Obama appointed him to lead the White House Task Force for Baltimore.
Now, Nate wants to continue fighting for Baltimore in Annapolis as your state representative.
Born in Baltimore
Nate is proud to have been born and raised in Baltimore. As a boy, he lived on Hollins Street in southwest Baltimore, just off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and later in Baltimore County. His father, Stephan, was an aspiring small business owner. With the help of a few friends, Stephan opened a restaurant, the Cultured Pearl, in 1988. The Pearl grew into a neighborhood favorite serving the city’s best Mexican food alongside art and poetry. From his father, Nate learned the secret recipe of hard work and dedication that drives small business owners in Baltimore. Nate’s mother, Beth, worked as a public defender in Baltimore’s federal courts. Two decades of seeing her work tirelessly for justice for Baltimore’s citizens inspired Nate to commit himself to a career in public service.
A social entrepreneur and political organizer
During and after college, Nate was a social entrepreneur and political organizer. In 2004 he launched a nationwide campaign to engage college students around the country in public service. Today, that organization, the Roosevelt Network, is mobilizing students at more than 120 colleges and universities around the country, including the University of Maryland, Goucher College, George Mason, George Washington, and Georgetown.
Serving President Obama at the White House
After attending law school, Nate went to work full-time for President Obama at the White House as an economic advisor. In 2015, President Obama assigned Nate to lead a White House Taskforce for Baltimore City. As Director of the Taskforce, Nate personally called dozens of federal agencies to secure hundreds of paid summer jobs for Baltimore City school kids, identified $750,000 in federal funds to help neighborhoods clean up their parks, found federal resources for the Safe Streets program to help Cherry Hill and McElderry Park to reduce the murder rate, and secured tens of millions of dollars for transportation projects, including improvements to North Avenue. He also helped bring Baltimore City Public School students to Washington to take a personal tour of Michelle Obama’s kitchen garden!
Your next representative in Annapolis
Today, Nate lives on Patterson Park in southeast Baltimore, where he is an active member of the Highlandtown Community Association and the Patterson Park Neighborhood Association. He is the founder of a new organization, Baltimore Homecoming, that re-engages Baltimore natives living around the U.S. to encourage them to invest their time, money, and energy in their hometown. He is also the proud coach of the Archbishop Borders Little League team.
Nate looks forward to bringing his experience in Baltimore and Washington to Annapolis to continue fighting for his hometown as your next state representative!