I'm a resident of Tukwila, Washington, which is near Seattle. I've lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2000. Before that, I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Urbana, Illinois for most of the 1980's and 1990's. I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1963.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts in economic and social policy from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1984, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1987. I am also certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council, a certified Scrum Master, and have been active in the programs of Landmark Education.
Before going to work in the private sector, I worked for 15 years at the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois. I'm currently employed as a Team Leader for a company that specializes in agile software development.
In addition to Whitman, among the people who have had a profound impact on my life are Abraham Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jiddu Krishnamurti, John Coltrane, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, Martin Luther King, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Cecil Taylor