Growing up in Stow
Kyle's parents moved to Stow when he was a baby because they wanted him and his siblings to grow up in a safe neighborhood with strong schools. Kyle is a proud graduate of Highland Elementary, Lakeview Intermediate, Kimpton Middle School, and Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Thanks to the excellent education Kyle received in Stow and the support of our community, he earned scholarships to Ohio Wesleyan University and went on to earn his Master's in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. While Kyle traveled for his education and career, his family remained in Stow, and Stow will always be his home.
Experience in Good Governance
Kyle spent his first two years out of college teaching high school history and civics at a Christian school in Beirut, Lebanon. He thought his career was going to be about bridging international divides and strengthening democracy in the Middle East, so Kyle earned his Master’s in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. After grad school, Kyle moved to DC for an internship with the House Foreign Affairs Committee to get his foot in the door, but was disgusted by congressional dysfunction. Due to his strong skills and empathy, Kyle was recruited to serve as a writer for the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence to help President Obama respond to his mail during his final two years in office. Afterward, he learned about local government while serving as Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. Then Kyle applied his governance skills by managing pro-democracy and anti-corruption programs in Lebanon and Iraq for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, where his coworkers nominated and elected him as a Union representative.
Helping his Hometown
Like many during lockdown, Kyle moved back home in 2020 thinking it was temporary to wait out the pandemic. But while he was still working on programs to strengthen democracy abroad, he was increasingly concerned about the need to save democracy at home. Alongside volunteers from across the political spectrum, Kyle co-founded Rank the Vote Ohio as a nonpartisan nonprofit organization to help bridge divides and incentivize cooperation for the common good. Kyle decided to buy a house of his own here in Stow so that he could live permanently in his hometown near family and friends, and he became active with Citizens for Nonpartisan Politics. After learning of his experiences, Mayor John Pribonic appointed Kyle to serve on Stow's Planning Commission, however Kyle’s nomination was repeatedly blocked alongside the Mayor's other nominations for Boards and Commissions in what appeared to be political obstructionism. Mayor Pribonic ultimately succeeded in appointing Kyle to Stow's Civil Service Commission, where he works with Stow's Police and Fire Chiefs to ensure that Stow's Public Safety Forces are effectively staffed. Mayor Pribonic asked Kyle to run for City Council as part of his team, and friends and neighbors urged Kyle to run so that he can use his public policy skills even more to help Stow thrive.
Serving on Council
Kyle was elected in November 2023 to serve all 35,000 residents of Stow as an at-large representative. He was sworn in to start his two-year term at the beginning of 2024. Kyle provides regular updates about Council activity via Facebook.