Jon moved to the Peninsula 20 years ago as a teenager, relocating from San Diego with his family. Several months after graduating from Pacific Grove High School, Jon was hired as a reserve firefighter in PG. During that time, Jon also worked at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. Around this time, Jon completed an associate's degree in fire science.
Following a knee injury while working for the Monterey Fire Department in 2007, Jon was accepted to San Jose State and spent an academic year abroad, studying in England and Sweden. Once back home, Jon completed a bachelor's degree in public relations, with a minor in anthropology. Throughout college, Jon also continued working as a 9-1-1 dispatcher to support himself.
Jon then attended the police academy and worked in San Luis Obispo as a police officer. In 2014, Jon returned home and was hired as a deputy sheriff in San Benito County. Unfortunately, Jon sustained another injury; however, he sees this as bittersweet because he now has the opportunity to run for city council where he can continue to serve others.
Having recently completed an associate's degree in criminal justice, Jon is now working on his thesis for a master's degree in humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills (Los Angeles-area). Jon currently lives in the Marshall Park neighborhood of Seaside with his partner, Jessica, his two step-kids, Ashton and Tristan, and a Miniature Dachshund named Björn.