I am the Executive Director of Character Lab, a non-profit with the mission to advance scientific insights that help kids thrive. 

A Cuban American from Miami, I’m a first-generation college graduate who completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology, master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, and master’s degree in teaching—all while serving on active duty in the U.S. Air Force in special operations. I developed a passion for leadership after a combat deployment to Afghanistan and having the opportunity to train special forces in Jordan and England. After leaving the military, I completed my Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), where I developed a passion for translating research into actionable advice. I serve as a member of the advisory board at Behavioral Scientist and as an advisor to various K-12 research and development initiatives. In my free time, I enjoy traveling and scuba diving with my wife, as well as hikes around Philadelphia with my dog, Willypete.