For sixteen years I was executive director of a nationally-certified crisis center in the San Francisco Bay Area. When I left, I received a special commendation from the California Legislature for my work. I also have been executive director of three university-run counseling centers and assistant director of a two-county social service agency. In 1996 I was chosen to carry the Olympic torch.

Earlier in my career I worked as a freelance editor. I also reviewed 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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