Things I’ve Done

  • worked for President Obama’s mentor
  • volunteered to help ESL kids learn to read English
  • lived in France in 2008 as a Rotary International Cultural Ambassadorial Scholar to learn the culture and the language
  • bunge jumped
  • been trained in opposition research techniques by one of the nation’s premier political operatives
  • worked on youth and education issues for the man who’s now the governor of my adopted state of Connecticut
  • edited cookbooks and home design books
  • written speeches for (winning and losing) political candidates 
  • helped my nonprofit go from raising $0 annually in private funds to over $6M today
  • convinced PBS Turning Point documentary series producers to do a tremendously moving episode about my boss at Domus, Mike Duggan
  • been an apprentice gunsmith (twice)
  • talked my way onto the roof of the Illinois State Capitol to view the 4th of July fireworks