Jeff grew up on the Crystal Coast in Morehead City, surfing and learning with his four younger siblings. He earned a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina and, after several productive years as a professional equities trader, turned his attention to politics in 2012 with the NC Victory Fund and subsequently served in the administration of Republican Governor Pat McCrory working on economic and workforce issues. Jeff went on to serve as capital reporter for the North State Journal covering state politics, as a contributor to Carolina Journal, and as a senior policy analyst for a leading global political risk firm. His insights on markets and politics have been published by the likes of Fox Business Network, Business Insider, Ozy, and Seeking Alpha, in addition to media appearances on CNBC, BBC, and CNBC Japan. In 2019, Jeff ran for congress to represent eastern North Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District, earning endorsements from conservative champions like Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Ron Paul and finishing in the top tier of a 16-candidate primary field. A valued consultant and compelling writer in everything from politics and markets, to geopolitical risk and policy, Jeff currently serves as Director of Communications for the North Carolina Republican Party. He lives in Raleigh with his wife Ashley and two daughters, with whom he enjoys frequent eastbound trips to the beach for surfing and time with family.