Tim grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and received his B.A. from Loyola University Chicago. As an undergraduate, he spent a year in Beijing, China, where he completed research on Chinese foreign policy, and advocated for increased public investment in renewable energy and environmentally sustainable policies. After graduating, Tim returned to China as a Peace Corps Volunteer and spent two years teaching over 400 undergraduate and graduate students as a university lecturer. Stationed in the Gobi Desert, Tim witnessed the tension between state-led infrastructure development and environmental sustainability, especially as climate change exacerbated environmental impacts on vulnerable communities. This tension led him to Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS), where he has pursued the International Development Concentration and interned for the US Trade and Development Agency, Climate Finance Advisors, and a tribal king in Cameroon seeking sustainable water infrastructure solutions. Interested in sustainable development and climate change mitigation and adaptation, Tim hopes to bridge these elements through a career in development finance and climate transitions. He speaks English and Mandarin.
"Aside from its unparalleled location and reputation for quality, I chose the MSFS program, because it fundamentally understands the flexibility and professional skills required to succeed in the future economy. This culture of creative dynamism has been manifest in every MSFS student and alumni I have encountered."