A native Marylander, I grew up in Baltimore County and attended public schools.  I currently work for the federal government and am a proud member of AFGE Local 1534.  I went to college at American University, where I later earned a Masters in Public Policy.  In 1999, while working at a small consulting firm in D.C., I joined the U.S. Foreign Service and, from 2000 to 2002, Kim and I lived in Seoul and I worked at the U.S. Embassy.  We discovered Cheverly while searching the internet from Korea for homes, and we bought our colonial on 59th Place in 2002.  In 2005, I left the State Department and joined a small internet-based news company.  From 2007-2009, I served as the Legislative Aide for then-Delegate Victor Ramirez.  In 2009 I joined the state government as the primary legislative advocate for the state’s race-conscious affirmative-action contracting program.  I've subsequently served as the Chief of Staff to County Council Member Deni Taveras, and rejoined the State Department.
In January 2007 I was one of the original founders of Prince George's for Obama.  In recognition of my leadership of President Obama's early efforts in the County, I was selected by the Obama campaign to run as a pledged Obama delegate in the February 2008 primary.  Throughout 2008 I served as one of the campaign co-directors in Prince George's County.

In 2004 I was appointed to a vacant seat on the Cheverly Town Council.  I was reelected three times, and in 2009  my colleagues on the Council elected me to a two-year term as Vice Mayor.  I’ve been a Director, Vice President and President of the Prince George’s County Municipal Association and a District Vice President for the Maryland Municipal League.  In 2006, I worked with Senator Gwendolyn Britt as part of the 47th District Team re-election team and was honored to serve the 47th District until 2010 on the Prince George's County Democratic Committee.  Prior to that, I was the Executive Vice President of the Prince George's County Young Democrats and was a Vice President of Programming of the Young Democrats of Maryland.

In June 2006, Kim and I welcomed our oldest son Leo, and two years later we were blessed with our second son, Jonah.  Both boys were born at Prince George’s Hospital Center, so they’re true Cheverly natives!  In addition, I've mentored at-risk Prince George’s County teenagers in the lockup diversion program located in the Cheverly United Methodist Church.  I'm an active member of CPRC, the babysitting co-op, the Cub Scout Pack 257 Committee, the Boy Scout Troop Committee, and the Sons of the American Legion Squadron in Cheverly.  Our family attends All Souls Unitarian on 16th Street in Washington, D.C.