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, deputy director of a multi-county social service agency, named a "community hero" by United Way, and chosen to carry the Olympic torch.

My op-ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and elsewhere, and I have reviewed literary biographies, novels, and books on social and environmental issues for the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Review of BooksPacific Sun Magazine, and the Sierra Club.

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

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