Jonathan enlisted as an Aviation Structural Mechanic in the US Navy from 2009 to 2016. Following transition, he attended American University, graduating in 2020 with a BA in International Studies and a minor in Chinese. He was awarded the Huayu enrichment scholarship to study Chinese in Taiwan in 2018 and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study Chinese in Beijing in 2019. He currently works in export compliance as a Senior Licensing Analyst for Raytheon Technologies.
In his free time, Jonathan likes to cook, travel, and add to his unread book pile.