The most exciting recent development in my life is moving back to California. Getting to experience the Bay Area startup scene firsthand has been eye opening, and I’ve become fascinated by the societal consequences of technological change.
Before that it was becoming a Dad. My amazing wife Leslie and I have a two and a half year old who loves to read, ride his scooter, play with almost any kind of ball, and stay up past his bedtime!
I also love to explore. I’ve visited 43 U.S. states and 14 countries so far, including five 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. Our most recent adventure was a road trip in the Netherlands.
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 regularly.
Finally, I love to read, especially about race, American history, politics, and leadership. Here is a list of some of my recent favorite books:
- Digital Minimalism
- Frederick Douglass
- What Hath God Wrought
- Alexander Hamilton
- The Righteous Mind
- The Road to Character
- Empire of the Summer Moon
- The Lean Startup
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.