I was born in Oman in 1977 to an American mother and Tunisian Father. My mother was a Peace Corps nurse and my father taught language arts as part of a foreign mission program to improve education in Middle Eastern countries. In 1989 my family moved from Tunisia to Texas, where I attended high school and college.
In 2004, I relocated to California where I met and married my wife, Deanna.
I have lived in the Bay Area since 2006 and in Dublin since 2013. Deanna and I have a 13 year old daughter who attends Fallon Middle School.
My parents instilled in me the idea that hard work coupled with heart are critical to a healthy, happy and purposeful life. Both of my parents devoted their lives to improving the lives of others. That spirit guides my every step.
My ambition has always been to make a positive impact by owning or managing a business. After getting my start in business by working for a national retail electronics chain, I transitioned to real estate and operated a successful real estate business.
In 2014, I made a life-changing decision to become a fitness entrepreneur. My wife and I opened a yoga studio in Livermore. Six years later, Joya Yoga has expanded into a thriving regional operation with studios in six East Bay cities (including two Dublin locations), with additional locations on the way.
Building Joya Yoga has given me a deep understanding of the challenges that small business owners face, and an appreciation of the essential contribution that small business makes to a community’s economic well-being.
Successfully navigating the COVID-19 landscape requires strong leadership rooted in creativity, resilience, compassion, practicality and consensus building. If elected to be your City Council representative, I will bring these qualities to bear and use all of my energy to build a healthier, happier, safer and more prosperous Dublin.