D.J. was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno receiving his bachelor's degree in economics. He spent time studying abroad on an academic scholarship at the University of Reading, England, studying international economics and related subjects.
D.J.’s background in nonprofit leadership began when he held various roles for over six years with the YMCA including Program Director, Camp Director and Finance Director. He later transitioned to become a Law Firm Controller in Florida where he managed financials and accounting functions for a 40+ person law firm. Most recently, he worked as the controller for an exhibit company in Las Vegas. His desire to live closer to his family and friends brought him back to Reno - a great location for him and his fiancé to call home.
D.J.’s hobbies and interests include the outdoors, biking, hiking, snowboarding, and social activities, such as participating in extracurricular sports leagues or volunteering in his local community.