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Originally from Brooklyn, Fred spent his formative years in Florida and graduated from University of South Florida with a degree in English. Inspired after reading an article about Portland in Let’s Go Travel guide, Fred hopped on an Amtrak train and moved west 25 years ago.

After experiencing a life-altering event while working on a train in Alaska in his early 30s, Fred was drawn to Zen Buddhism and meditation to deal with chronic pain. He found the practice helped quiet his mind and provided much needed community in his life. While working with kids at Dharma Rain Zen Center, his teacher recognized his relational approach and encouraged Fred to return to school. He graduated from Portland State University with an MSW degree in 2015. Since then, Fred has worked as a Student Advocate with at-risk youth, as a Crisis Counselor at Project Respond and as a Child and Family Therapist at Trillium Family Services. Grateful for his path, he views social work as a way of giving back to the community.

A published poet, Fred spends his free time writing and creating abstract paintings.