I have spent over four decades trying to make the world a better place for the least advantaged. The son of a teacher and the father of another one, most of my work for the last twenty years has supported public education. I have extensive experience with youth as a minister to families, a hospital chaplain, and a coach for multiple sports teams. A former Congressional Chief of Staff, I co-authored the 2018 STOP School Violence Act while leading the Secure Schools Alliance. In previous roles, I helped to pass legislation in 4 states. In addition, while working for a Delaware foundation, I converted a nine-story office building into a hi-rise educational campus that included a School-Based Health Center with three dental chairs.
A lifelong learner, I earned a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University, a Master of Divinity from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in Political Culture. I live on a Maryland island in the Chesapeake Bay, where I love to cook, hunt, fish, play tennis, golf and do yoga with my three-year-old granddaughter.