My wife, Nancy, and I have lived in Alexandria for 20 years. We have three children–Jack, Ford, and Bridget. Jack graduated from T.C. Williams High School earlier this year, Ford is a sophomore at T.C. Williams, and Bridget is in 6th grade at George Washington Middle School. All three went to George Mason Elementary School.
I graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1989 and went into private practice. I joined IBM Corporation 15 years ago and served as IBM's U.S. national/homeland security counsel for 8 years. I am currently part of IBM's Governmental Programs group, where I am responsible for IBM's global intellectual property policy.
I have had the privilege of serving on the Alexandria School Board as the result of the confidence placed in me by voters in the August 2008 special election, and again in the School Board election in May 2009. Before that, I was active in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), especially on curricula policy matters. For example, I helped lead the effort in working with the School Board to produce the opportunity for those middle school students willing to work hard to take open enrollment honors classes in language arts and social studies.
As a result of these experiences, I have a track record of building consensus and working collaboratively toward a common goal–abilities critical to this important position. I have the perspective and willingness to work for the benefit, the education and the growth of all of our children.
The success of our children and our school system affect all aspects of our lives as Alexandrians, whether you are a parent, a grandparent, or a concerned citizen. The Board, Superintendent, administrators, teachers, and staff have made great progress in the past four years in raising student achievement, and building a system that will consistently deliver excellence for all of our students. I have worked hard to be a good steward of our tax dollars by finding efficiencies and reprogramming spending so that more resources directly support classroom instruction, while also ensuring that ACPS is attracting and retaining the best and brightest administrators, teachers, and staff.
But, there is more work to be done. There must be a continued focus on taking ACPS to higher standards and working together to believe in every child and move our system to the next level of excellence. I want to continue to put my experience and abilities to work to make this happen. Please vote for me on November 6. If you will be out of town on November 6, cast your vote by absentee ballot or in person at the Election Board offices at 132 North Royal Street. Contact me at email@example.com.