An Aptos resident, Nathan Escoto is a U.S. Army Combat Veteran who holds a BA in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Presently focused on educating his two school aged children. Nathan Escoto provides academic instruction, guidence and supervision, designed to ensure that they perform their very best academically. He is active with his local charter school.

Among Mr. Escoto’s passions is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and he trains and competes under Master Claudio França at Claudio França Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a committed mountain biker, and takes advantage of the numerous scenic trails in the local area. He is a former racer in the Vet Pro class and an advocate of the sport, he is a trail builder and is a certified ICP Ride Guide and Skills Instructor. Escoto is developing a program that will help returning Combat Veterans connect with other Veterans to promote stress management through mountain biking.

Mr. Escoto is a recipient of the Purple Heart awarded while serving in combat as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army, and was featured in a 1991 USA Today article entitled “Quietly Determined, Vets Begin the Healing.” In the piece, Nathan Escoto described a willingness to return to the combat zone if it would just give a fellow vet his leg back.