My amazing wife Leslie and I have a three year old who loves to read, ride his scooter, use his imagination, and stay up past his bedtime! I’ve lived in Maryland, Ohio, Oakland, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco, and in October we moved to Asheville, NC. We really like it so far.

Travel

I love to explore. I’ve visited 44 U.S. states and 14 countries so far, including six road trips across the U.S., a solo backpacking trip in Europe, and a two-month adventure with Leslie in Southeast Asia. We visited Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar. Our most recent international adventure was a road trip in the Netherlands.

Books

I also love to read, especially about race, American history, politics, and leadership. Here are some of my recent favorites:

Mentors

I have been fortunate to work with and learn from a diverse and accomplished group of leaders who have taught me so much about life and leadership, some explicitly and most by example. They include former superintendents of Pittsburgh Public Schools Mark Roosevelt and Linda Lane, former California Superintendent of the Year Devin Vodicka, Dropbox CTO Bharat Mediratta, PIMCO SVP Nate Brown, Grable Foundation E.D. Gregg Behr, and Saleem Ghubril from The Pittsburgh Promise among many others.

Motivation

My own experience as a public school student on Maryland’s Eastern Shore exposed me to the racism and inequity that I have been trying to understand and address ever since.

More!

I’m a certified forklift driver, 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.