Sydney earned a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. During his junior year, he became the leader of Depaul Economic Research group; his concentration was Chinese economics. He published the paper “The Chinese Dilemma” in the Journal of Economic Development Warsaw, Poland. He also presented this paper at the Conference of Sustainable Development at Robert Morris University. After graduating he completed a post-graduate year of study in economics. He then moved to Beijing, China to continue his research of Asian economies and pursue a master’s degree in economics from University of International Business and Economics. During his time in China he completed his thesis, “A Reconceptualization of the Chinese Optimized IS-LM Model,” offering an alternative view of the interest rate determination in the Chinese economy. Sydney is a Mandarin speaker and enjoys building cultural connections between the West and China. Sydney joined California Common Sense because of his passion for fiscal responsibility in his home state.