Q1. What does a day at work look like to you?
They are long! My days are a combination of running the campaign's national Veterans and Military Families program and managing our campaign activities on the ground across New York state. I spend most of my day in meetings and on conference calls with headquarters in Chicago, with my staff in New York, and with elected officials and supporters across the state and country. I am often on the road traveling around New York to meet with our amazing volunteers, and at least one week a month I’m in Chicago to work in person with our national team at the campaign HQ. And somewhere around 11:00 p.m. each day, I settle in to read and answer all the emails I manage to never get to during the day.
Q2. How did you first come to the campaign?
I served as an officer in the United States Navy for seven years, and I am a veteran of the war in Iraq. The issues facing our nation's veterans and their families are something I care deeply about. President Obama has made these issues a centerpiece of his administration and he has accomplished more for veterans and military families than anyone in nearly 40 years. It is because of his commitment to our returning servicemembers that I am fighting every day to re-elect him. We still have so much work to do for the veteran and military communities, and President Obama is the right person to lead those efforts.
Q3. What's your favorite part of your job?
Meeting with our volunteers. The best part of my job is to get out of the office often and hit the road. Whether it’s speaking at a house party in Binghamton, New York, or meeting with veterans in Virginia, I am refreshed and energized every time I have the privilege to spend time and speak with our volunteer supporters. The energy and passion they bring to this campaign is palpable. We are building the largest grassroots political campaign in American political history, and being out there with those supporters is what it’s all about.
Q4. What's the most unexpected part of your job?
Again, it’s the volunteers. I am astonished on a daily basis with the level of time, energy, and effort our volunteers pour into this campaign. From our neighborhood teams to our interns at the New York headquarters, we have the most loyal, dedicated, and talented group of volunteers anyone could ask for. They step up and work hard every day to re-elect President Obama. They are out every day on the streets, registering voters, making phone calls, and organizing in their communities, because they demand a say in the future direction of this country. I am humbled by them, and they motivate me to work harder each and every hour of this campaign.
Q5. Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I am about to become a dad. My beautiful wife Tory and I are expecting a baby girl this May. I am fighting every day in this campaign to build a better future for our daughter. And, at 6'6", I am also the tallest staff member on the campaign!