As a lifelong resident of Anaheim Hills, Grant has deep ties to our community. He attended Crescent Intermediate, El Rancho Middle School, and graduated from Canyon High School, the same school that his kids now attend. Grant even stayed local for college, attending Fullerton College and graduating from California State University, Fullerton.
Grant has spent his career improving communities. After college, he worked as a project manager for Jamboree Housing Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing developer, where he was brought face-to-face with the startling needs of our community's least fortunate residents. The community he helped build that he's most proud of is right here in Anaheim, the Diamond Aisle Apartments, which provides permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families suffering from mental illness. More recently, Grant has worked as an urban planning consultant, where he has helped design new neighborhoods throughout Southern California, and where he has gained the knowledge necessary to understand what it takes for cities to evolve in a way that respects the history of the existing community, while providing for the needs of a growing and changing population.
However, Grant takes his passion for serving Anaheim far beyond his day job. Over the past several years, Grant has served on numerous city boards and commissions, including the Planning Commission, Housing Element Ad Hoc Committee, and as Chair of the Community Services Board, in addition to being active with the East Anaheim Neighborhood District Council and volunteering with numerous nonprofits that serve Anaheim residents.
As a member of the Planning Commission, Grant provided invaluable feedback on both the Canyon Specific Plan, which covers the industrial area in Anaheim along La Palma Avenue, and the Anaheim Bicycle Master Plan. In addition to these planning projects initiated by the city, Grant helped ensure new private developments in Anaheim improved the quality of life for the city's residents while growing our tax-base.
As a member of the Anaheim Housing Element Ad Hoc Committee, Grant worked to ensure that the City's long-term plan for new housing development addressed the needs for all Anaheim residents. Using his knowledge of the planning and development process, Grant worked to find creative solutions to ensure that enough homes are built in Anaheim to house our growing population, without sacrificing those things that make our community a desirable place to live.
As Chair of the Anaheim Community Services Board, Grant helped direct funding towards many nonprofits that serve Anaheim. From youth organizations like the Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs and the Anaheim Family YMCA, to organizations working with our seniors like Community SeniorServ and the Council on Aging; from those serving our most needy residents such as the Learning Light Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sister, to those serving our newest residents, including many refugees, such as Access California; Grant was able to help these nonprofits be awarded federal funding through the City of Anaheim and to ensure they could help as many Anaheim residents as possible.
Grant is proud to call Anaheim home. It is why he chose to remain and start his family here. It is Grant's sincere hope that his children, Caleb and Evelyn, have that same sense of civic pride as they grow older, and that they decide to call Anaheim home when it's time for them to start their own families.