I have a unique range of experiences that inform my understanding of leadership. I have had a seat at the table alongside CEOs, non-profit executives and political leaders, navigating complex situations and making difficult decisions. I know being a leader can be lonely, and I recognize the value of a thought partner in helping leaders reach their full potential.
Prior to coaching, I launched a successful public affairs firm, bringing strategic thinking, innovative collaboration and exceptional service to creating the winning difference for my clients. Whether trying to influence a land-use decision, impact state legislation or engage a broader community of support for a cause, I develop the strategy, craft the message and mobilize the stakeholders needed to win. I have helped a wide variety of organizations, from not-for-profit service providers and local developers to Fortune 500 companies such as Diageo and Marriott International.
As Executive Director of Star-Spangled 200, Inc., I led a team of public and private stakeholders in the production of the multi-year commemoration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem, including the celebration’s signature events—Star-Spangled Sailabration and Star-Spangled Spectacular. The events attracted millions of visitors to the region, generated hundreds of millions in economic impact, and broke all event records for Baltimore and the State of Maryland. Working alongside partners like Dick Clark Productions and the U.S. Navy, festivities culminated in September 2014 with visits from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, a live nationally broadcast television special, and fireworks display that made the Guinness World Records.
I served as Chief of Staff to Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith during his first term in office. By 2006, I had positioned Smith as the most sought-out endorsement in that year’s Democratic gubernatorial primary for his popularity across a broad range of constituencies. I managed his re-election campaign and Scott Shellenberger’s successful bid for Baltimore County State’s Attorney. I was also responsible for coordinating efforts that year that many credit with helping Martin O’Malley cut into Robert Ehrlich’s 2002 margin of victory and defeat the Republican incumbent governor.
In 2010, I returned to the campaign trail as general strategist for Gregg Bernstein for Baltimore City State’s Attorney and his surprising upset victory over the 16-year incumbent. I also led Baltimore County Council candidates Cathy Bevins and Tom Quirk to victory that year.
Prior to joining Jim Smith’s team, I served as Executive Director of the Maryland Democratic Party and spent the early years of my political career on gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns.
I have served with a wide variety of non-profit organizations, from the community-based Neighborhood Design Center to the premier pediatric care provider, Children's National Health System, primarily in development and executive leadership. I have successfully raised tens of millions of dollars in annual funds, capital campaigns, corporate sponsorships, foundation grants and public funding. Whether serving on staff or as a member of the board, I have written numerous fundraising and strategic plans, as well as actively participated in several re-branding campaigns and leadership development efforts.
I am an active or past member of the boards of Emerge Maryland, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House and the Walters Art Museum.
Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Institute for Transformational Leadership, Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching
University of Maryland College Park
Government and Politics, Bachelor of Arts