I love to sing; at the moment, it’s mostly bluegrass, blues, and jazz with a friend who sings and plays guitar. While living in Germany, I had the great good fortune of singing bass with the wonderful Gütersloh Bach Choir. Prior to moving to Germany, I spent two wonderful years singing Russian sacred music with the choir of St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC. It's beautiful - you should visit!
Before getting an MBA, I lived the dream as a rowing coach for a good few years. From start to finish, some of the teams I've been lucky enough to work with are: the Rivanna Rowing Club in Charlottesville, VA; the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT; the men's team at Brown University in Providence, RI; the men's team at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN; the women's team at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA; and the club team at DC Strokes in Washington, DC. I also rowed in college, of course, with the men's team at the University of Virginia.
I cut my academic teeth in neuroscience, which still influences my perspective on the world. While at UVA, I worked for a long time with Ewan McNay, who is a generally standout guy and also brilliant. He was kind enough to permit me to co-author a paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with him in which we studied fluctuations in extracellular glucose concentrations in the hippocampus associated with cognitive demand.
REACHING OUT MBA
I helped to organize the 2008 Reaching Out MBA conference for LGBT MBA students in Washington, DC.
My best friend and I ran a cupcake-catering company in DC for a little while; it was delightful.
As of 21 June 2013, I am a very proud uncle to a beautiful young niece. Until October 2014, my own immediate family-at-home was my wonderful dog, Maggie. She was the most wonderful companion to me in the US, Germany and Norway for 11 years.