Born in Brooklyn and spent formative years on the south shore of Long Island.
Public service and public affairs were integral to his upbringing. His mother made her career as a special education teacher and as an education evaluator. After Army service, his father rose to senior positions in New York State government, first at the Health Planning Commission and later as Deputy Superintendent of Banks.
Came to Colorado with wife and infant daughter in January 2005 and in May moved into the house in Castle Pines in which they have lived ever since.
As an undergraduate, served as secretary, vice chair and chair of the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union. Independent Party members considered political and social issues not as members of a team beholden to certain received ideological truths but rather as free-thinking individuals dedicated to understanding issues on the merits.
In Washington, served on the legislative staff of a U.S. representative, gaining first hand experience of the legislative process and forming warm friendships with colleagues of both major parties. Additionally, volunteered with Hill Staffers for the Hungry and Homeless, serving as the organization’s representative on the board of the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, which was a project of the First Congregational Church. Also was active in the House Legislative Assistants Association.
Worked for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), leading delegations of Russian citizens to the U.S. Capitol and to the capital of Michigan to meet with legislators and associations to learn first hand about the American political process.
As a member of the development and communications teams at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine (HJF), the University of Colorado, the Mental Health Center of Denver (now doing business as WellPower), and at Tepeyac Community Health Center, gained insights about medical research and the provision of behavioral and physical health care.
Working for the Colorado branch of Media Matters for America, gained increased insights into political and policy issues and the ways they are (mis-)communicated.
Serves as the founding and current president of the board of directors of the Transcendental Politics Foundation, an organization one of whose major objectives is to promote fair-mindedness in thinking and discourse.
Founding member of the steering committee of the Southern Front Range Alliance, which is Douglas County’s chapter of Braver Angels, a citizens’ organization devoted to “uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America.”
Active member of The BRIDGE Project, which is a private team of optimistic problem solvers who wish to do better regarding race relations in America.