Last updated: October 2, 2018
My most exciting “personal” item is that I’m recently married! Victoria is genuine, kind, passionate, and quite the looker, and I’m beyond excited to spend the rest of my life with her.
I enjoy playing pickup basketball, biking and hiking around the Bay Area,
eating and cooking good food,
and watching the Philadelphia Eagles
have promising regular seasons and then break my heart in the playoffs
WIN THE SUPER BOWL!
I have what some might call an irrational love for my home state of Delaware. Fun facts about Delaware:
- 1st state to ratify the Constitution
- 49th largest state based on geographic area
- 60% of Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the state
- No sales tax!
Famous Delawareans include:
- Super Bowl quarterbacks Joe Flacco and Rich Gannon
- Henry Heimlich, of Heimlich maneuver fame
- Dr. Oz
- Bob Marley
- Ryan Phillippe
- And, of course, Joe Biden, our former Vice President
As a Fightin’ Blue Hen at the University of Delaware, I was a proud member of one of intercollegiate athletics’ least intimidating mascots (rivaled only, perhaps, by the Stanford Cardinal). Delaware’s only professional sports team, the Wilmington Blue Rocks, might take the cake though.
Delaware is also home to:
- The 9th-best ice cream in America
- The Punkin Chunkin World Championship
- A huge music festival
- Some really beautiful beaches
We’re also less than three hours from Philly, Baltimore, DC, and New York.
My olive complexion, hard-to-place facial features, and vaguely-foreign last name make me ethnically ambiguous - in approximate order of frequency, people have assumed I’m from Greece, Iran, Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, South Africa, China (???), and many, many other countries.
In fact, I’m 100% Egyptian. My mom was born there and moved to the US as an infant, and my dad moved here in his 20s - which makes me 1.5 generation American, I think.
One of my life goals is to visit all 50 states. Check out my progress here.
I take pride in the fact that I have worked a part-time job nearly continuously since I was 14, introducing me to all sorts of different people. I’ve worked as a supermarket bagboy and cashier, a file clerk in a law firm, a landscaping manager, an app developer, and a college tutor. My most eclectic job to date, however, would be driving a Zamboni. I will always remember my two years at the University of Delaware Ice Arenas - there’s nothing quite like cutting ice while high-riving wide-eyed kids or, more vividly, riding a jammed Zamboni that is violently spitting basketball-sized chunks of ice in seemingly impossible directions while making terrific gurgling and hissing sounds at 2 AM in an empty ice rink.
UrbanPromise Wilmington will always have a special place in my heart - and not only because I met my wife there. UrbanPromise runs free summer camps and after-school programs for the children of Wilmington. Because it hires local teens to help lead camp, UrbanPromise is the largest employer of Wilmington youth. As a social service, programs like UrbanPromise are badly needed in Wilmington, a dangerous and unforgiving place to live, but UrbanPromise’s success lies not in its academic enrichment or job training programs (both of which are very good!); rather, it comes from a deep dependence on God.
I know for a fact that UrbanPromise’s emphasis on forgiveness has saved lives. As a Christian, few experiences have grown my understanding of faith, hope, and love like UrbanPromise - faith in God’s power, hope for God’s kingdom, and love for God’s people. I loved working with the high school and the summer camp and to witness God’s transformational power. I would encourage anyone with a free summer and a desire to glimpse the body of Christ in action to serve as an intern.