Jonathan attended the University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, were he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture. At UMD, Jonathan began his involvement in politics by marching against the Iraq War and supporting LGBTQ and Minority Rights both on campus and in Washington DC. In 2004, Jonathan worked with the Kerry campaign and with the nonprofit “Get Out the Vote” organization, America Votes. In November of 2004, Jonathan skipped school during midterms and went to Ohio with America Votes to canvas for Democratic values before and during Election Day. While education is very important to him, Jonathan felt that standing up for and promoting his principles during such a pivotal election were more important at the time than taking exams. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Jonathan attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he earned his Master’s degree in Architecture. There he focused his research on how the built environment affects social issues, social movements, and social justice.
Jonathan currently resides in the Mt Hope area of Providence, he is openly Gay and proud to be a member of the LGBTQ community. He is an animal lover and has a dog named Goten. He works at Providence Water in the Engineering Department and is a member of Local 1033.