Who I Am
Within six months of moving here in 2001, I got involved as a citizen advocate for making our public buildings energy-efficient and more broadly "green", believing that our government should be a good steward of taxpayer dollars and the environment, that public buildings should be examples, and should be healthy, inspiring places to learn and work. My efforts culminated with our new Library (2007) becoming the first municipally-owned LEED-certified green building in the state. By that time I was serving the second of my three terms on City Council. I've also served as a member of our Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan Advisory Committee; as a youth sports coach (boys lacrosse and girls soccer), and as a Board member of the Seacoast Mental Health Center and Seacoast Area Bicycle Riders.
I grew up in western Massachusetts and attended the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, where I majored in Government. Graduating in 1986 as an officer, I had active duty tours in Portland ME, Washington DC, and San Francisco. I left active duty to earn a Masters degree in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government ('96), then returned to Washington DC to begin what turned out to be a 26 year career in the field of energy efficiency, climate change, and renewable energy policy, program administration, and then commercial sales and project development. I remained an active Coast Guard Reserve officer, retiring as an O-4 in 2007. My LinkedIn profile has the details, if you're that interested :)
I hope to be able to put my professional experience and knowledge of energy and climate issues to work as a member of the House Science, Technology & Energy Committee, improving New Hampshire's support for clean energy and stance on climate change, which lags well behind every other state not just in New England, but the Northeast U.S.