Adrian joined Valley Vision in 2014 as an intern and—demonstrating a wide range of talents and enthusiasm—quickly rose through the organization. As project associate, today he contributes to a vast array of projects in the Food and Ag Economy, Leadership and Civic Engagement, and broadband strategies. Adrian also provides communications, content development, marketing and graphic design support to the Valley Vision team, helping ensure consistency and cohesion across the organization’s large span of work.
Before joining Valley Vision, Adrian worked on various political campaigns, completed a marketing fellowship with Net Impact, taught American government classes to high school students in Poland, and authored a popular online socioeconomics column. Adrian’s commitment and passion for his community is evident by his involvement with local organizations, professional development and local causes:
- Sacramento City Management Academy, graduate (2017)
- Sacramento Global Shapers, member (2017)
- House Sacramento, board member/communications leader (2017)
- Oak Park Sol, neighborhood leadership team (2017)
- Harvest Sacramento, harvest leader (2016)
- KUTZ FM Freeform Radio, DJ (2017)
- Sacramento Food Policy Council, CalFresh @ Farmers Markets Campaign, committee member (2017)
Adrian grew up in the rural Mendocino County redwoods and moved to Southern Oregon as a teenager. Growing up on ten acres of dense foliage honed his brush clearing and wood chopping skills. He also enjoys painting, backpacking in the Sierras, filmmaking, 1980s horror movies, road tripping in his minivan, cooking/eating, hoppy beer, multi-day music festivals, and talking to strangers.
Fueled by an unconventional upbringing in the quirky ‘State of Jefferson’, Adrian departed the Pacific Northwest for UC Davis where he obtained his BA degree in political science/history in a mere three years, graduating in 2012. Today, Adrian lives in Oak Park.