After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Communication from Fresno Pacific University and a Master’s in Theology and Film from Fuller Theological Seminary, Tim returned to his hometown community in Fresno. He spent over 5 years teaching courses on media production and theory at Fresno State University and Fresno Pacific University and was the academic advisor for the Fresno Pacific University student newspaper.
Tim joined his passions for storytelling, education and social justice in January, 2014 when he started running The kNOw Youth Media in Fresno. In May of 2016, Tim became Director of YouthWire, where he led four youth media programs across the state. In the two years Tim was director, YouthWire printed over 200,000 newspapers distributed in dailies across the state, sent youth reporters to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, was featured in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Fresno Bee, KQED and The New York Times’ Race/Related newsletter, and led storytelling training for over 75 youth from at least 12 different communities in California.
In the fall of 2019, Tim coordinated the first-ever youth panel at the California Economic Summit where young people and youth advocates from Fresno and Stockton discussed policy solutions during the plenary session right before Governor Newsom spoke.
Tim currently serves on the Youth Speaks board of directors, is the founding board chair of Fresnoland, and is on the advisory board for the journalism program at Fresno City College and the Institute for Media and Public Trust at Fresno State. He was a New America CA 2017 Fellow, the first from the Central Valley.