Since 1997, I have been an active member of Cheltenham Township, contributing to the community in various ways. I served as a member of the Board of Commissioners of Cheltenham Township beginning in 2010 and President of the Board for 2012 and 2013. During the past three years as Commissioner I have served as Chairperson of the Sustainability Committee that lead to Sustainable Cheltenham, President of Cheltenham Academics that tutors middle school students. I have lead in the creation of the SEPTA Ogontz Bus Loop, the prevention of real estate tax increases in 2011, 2012 and 2013, the adoption of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the adoption of an equal opportunity in contracting policy, securing funds for a study of flooding by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, acceleration of sewer relining and replacement, and restarting the design of Glenside Flood Controls.
I have served on the Local Tax Commission for the School Board of Cheltenham Township, as Co-Cubmaster in Cub Scouts, and as basketball coach for the Cheltenham Jayvees and Glenside Athletic League. In 2003 I received the Equal Opportunity Award from the Montgomery County Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. In addition, I am a board member of Cheltenham Academics, the Cheltenham Achievement Network (CAN) and was a leader of the Cheltenham African American Alliance (CAAA). I was the canvassing coordinator for Cheltenham and surrounding communities for the Obama for President campaign in 2008..
My wife, Julie, and I are the proud parents of three children graduates of Cheltenham High School. These experiences have allowed me to see the potential of the Township and the need to include new residents in its growth and development.
My law practice concentrates on nonprofit real estate and community development. This work includes zoning, affordable housing, commercial real estate and housing discrimination for over 20 years. This experience with land use, public financing and working with people will directly benefit Cheltenham as we manage change.
I am a graduate of Morehouse College, Phi Beta Kappa; the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Marshall Scholar and the University of Michigan Law School as an Earl Warren Scholar. I believe it is essential for the Commissioners to work in collaboration with School Directors to ensure that the Cheltenham schools attain the highest standards of academic excellence.
As Commissioner I will offer new leadership and listen carefully to the concerns and ideas of all residents, old and new, as well as representatives of its institutions and businesses. Together, we can work to ensure that Cheltenham is a vibrant and attractive community for families and businesses. I look forward to working with you.