“My father was a Hudson River tugboat captain and my mother was a nurse. From them, I learned the values of hard work and compassion.”

 
 
Catching up with the kids after work.

Catching up with the kids after work.

I am a sixth-generation New Yorker, born and raised in Troy and Saratoga Springs. Growing up, my father would spend two weeks at a time on the Hudson River tug boats, like most of the men in my family. My mother was a nurse working with seniors. From them, I learned the values of hard work and compassion. In college in Washington, DC, I worked two jobs putting myself through school, earning my BA in Political Science from George Washington University.

EXPERIENCE

I’ve spent half my career in public sector management. I have a strong commitment to public schools and have worked in education for 15 years, most recently as a senior executive with the New York City Department of Education. I have led business operations for major curriculum and teacher development programs including most of Mayor De Blasio’s major education initiatives.

LEADERSHIP AND ADVOCACY

Speaking out on family detention at the border in McAllen, Texas.

Speaking out on family detention at the border in McAllen, Texas.

I have been a leader in the People’s Committee on Development, working to raise awareness and advocate for transparency, fairness and sustainability in the face of development pressures here. I was also privileged to work (and drive the bus!) with Grannies Respond, a group of Beacon activists who travelled to the border in Texas as witnesses and advocates for refugee rights. I believe in the power of citizens to make change and, in 2016, I founded the Article 20 Network, the first and only human rights organization focused on the freedom of peaceful assembly.

YOUR NEIGHBOR IN WARD 4

My wife Monika and I moved to Beacon six years ago. We live over by Green Street Park with our two sons, proud Beaconites Leo (7) and Henry (4).