For 16 years I was executive director of a nationally-certified crisis center in the San Francisco Bay Area. I also have been executive director of three university-run counseling centers, and deputy director of a large social service agency. For my work, I received a special commendation from the California Legislature and was chosen to carry the Olympic torch.

My articles, book reviews, and op-ed pieces have appeared in numerous publications, including the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, and East Bay Times.

I graduated from U.C. Berkeley. My wife, Suzan, is executive director of the Alameda County Community Food Bank.