The most exciting recent development in my life is becoming a Dad. My amazing wife Leslie and I are just welcoming our first child into the world!

I also love to explore. I’ve visited 43 U.S. states and 13 countries so far, including four road trips across the U.S., a solo backpacking trip in Europe, and a two-month adventure with Leslie in Southeast Asia in 2015. We visited Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar.

I’m a certified forklift driver, a certified teacher, and have a commission qualification letter qualifying me to be a superintendent of schools.

Being an athlete has been a big part of my life, too. I played basketball at Kenyon College, and I was a good tennis player and runner in high school. I also played baseball and soccer and still play basketball in Pittsburgh Sports League.

Finally, I love to read, especially about race, American history, politics, and leadership. Here is a list of some of my recent favorite books:

My own public education and childhood on Maryland’s Eastern Shore first exposed me to the deep race and class-based disparities that exist in our society, and I have been passionate about these issues ever since.