Family values: I’m Haitian-American, and family is huge to me. My parents, uncles and aunts sacrificed a lot so that my siblings, cousins and I could have the world, and there’s nothing better than a giant family cookout.
Occupational hazard: Now that I work in tourism, I’ve caught a little travel bug. My last two trips have been planned around tattoo artists who I like in Montreal and Berlin. It’s nuts, but their talent is worth it.
Special skills: I went to the Academy of the Pacific Rim Charter School, where they taught us Mandarin Chinese from seventh through 12th grade. I took it for my language requirement in college, too, but you need to study and practice every day, and I’m a few years removed now. I took another course at the Boston Language Institute last year, and I want to become fluent. I can also drive backward really well.
Nerd alert: Marvel films are a must, and I’ve gone to Boston Comic Con the past three years.
Best feature: I’ve been told I have nice teeth. Seven years of braces will do that.
Craziest thing you ever did for love (or lust): To make her laugh, after Comic Con, I walked to the North End in my Spider-Man suit to visit this girl who was working in a small boutique. She laughed, and plenty of other people did, too.
Deal breaker: Cats. I’m not even allergic. They just creep me out.
Worst trait: I’m not comfortable with being the center of attention. People call it “shy,” but I prefer “reserved” or “laid-back,” even though “shy” is probably closer to the truth.
Proudest achievement: I ran the internship program [in the governor’s office] and many of the interns I recruited went on to get full-time jobs in the administration.