My wife and I purchased our cottage on the Island in 2004 and used it as a vacation home until 2014, at which time we completely remodeled it and moved from Washington D.C. to become full-time residents in 2016. We have enjoyed island life for the last four years and felt very lucky to live in such a beautiful place.
I am an economist by training with a BS from the University of Maryland and a PhD from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. I have spent my entire career in the public sector, primarily examining ways in which the private sector and the public sector could cooperate to facilitate controlled economic growth and community development. My career started as a tenured associate professor at Virginia Tech, moving from there to a position with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There I directed research examining factors that are important to a city’s growth and ways in which the Federal Government could enhance that growth. While with HUD, I was instrumental in the development of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit and the New Markets Tax Credit.
After retiring from HUD in 1999, I joined the government of the District of Columbia as a senior advisor on economic development finance. My job was to figure out how the public sector and the private sector could work together to finance major development projects with City financial participation. We put together deals financing the Washington National’s baseball stadium, the Convention Center hotel, the Mandarin hotel, the Spy Museum, and the Shakespeare Theater, among others. While in Washington, I served on the board of directors of Events DC (the Washington Convention Center), Destination DC (the Washington tourist board), the DC Sports and Entertainment Board, the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, and the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation.
While living in Washington, I was an adjunct professor at American University, the University of Maryland, and Georgetown University. The most fun I had was volunteering for ten years as a baseball coach for the Montgomery County Department of Recreation. I now serve on the Town’s Audit Committee.
My background in cooperation between the public and private sectors leading to controlled economic and community development led to my interest in running for a seat on the Town Council. I believe that the most important issues facing us as residents are what do we want the island to be like in ten years and what can the Town do to help us get there. We have a good start with both our Ten-Year Strategic Plan and our recent Housing Market Study. I want to be a part of the team that helps to move these issues forward.