Meet Trey

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Trey’s Story

Trey was born in 1990 to two public servants: Marv, then a young Army officer, and Kim, a special education teacher. From an early age, Trey enjoyed advocating for his peers through student government. He graduated near the top of his class from Jack Britt High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina, and was honored with the statewide DAR Good Citizen Award that same year.

Trey studied international business in college with the goal of helping nonprofits become more effective and efficient. Along the way, though, he became interested in starting his own business that would make the world a better place. Two years after graduation, he founded Koios Library Software, which he ran for 6 years, growing it from an idea (to help public libraries reach their communities through Google) to a successful small business with 40 clients in the U.S. and Canada.

Inspired by the intelligence and determination of the librarians he met, Trey returned to the classroom for a “deep dive” into the workings of state and local government, focusing on land use, housing, and technology. During this time, he also worked as a researcher in economic development, helping distressed communities create more opportunity for local residents. After graduation, Trey began a two-year fellowship that uses his technology skills to help create a more effective, equitable Federal government.

He met his wife, Andrea–a fellow public servant–at an engagement party for mutual friends in 2014, and they were married in 2016. Their son, Winston, was born at Queens in October.

Trey’s Background


IT Project Manager, U.S. Government, June 2022-Present
Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech, 2020-2022
Founder & CEO, Koios Library Software, 2014-2020


Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Virginia Tech, 2019-2022
Bachelor of International Business & Entrepreneurship, University of South Carolina, 2009-2013

Community service

Director, Hawaii Zoning Atlas
Volunteer, Code for Hawaii
Guest Lecturer, University of Hawaii
Keiki Ministry Volunteer, Harbor Church Waipahu

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