Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Starting My Journey as NRPA’s Chair

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Starting My Journey as NRPA’s Chair

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I am honored to serve as this year's chair for the National Recreation and Park Association. I am a son of our nation's capital: a third-generation Washingtonian. Every day after school, I would go to my grandmother's house on Jefferson Street. I have fond memories of growing up on Jefferson Street. It is where I learned to play football at a local park and where I learned to play the violin at the DC Youth Orchestra at Coolidge High School. My favorite park was the Tucker Road Community Center in Prince George's County, Maryland. It is where I played tennis regularly with my dad and where I went to run and exercise and to play baseball and basketball. I love parks!

I was educated in D.C. schools - St. Ann's Academy, Gonzaga College High School and Howard University. I had such a tremendous experience at Howard, with professors who helped me find my passion for cities and communities. If I had not gone to Howard, I would not have met my wife, Dr. Kristine Andrews, who went to Georgetown University. Kris and I were married in 2002, and we have three beautiful daughters - Jessica, Julia and Joanna. They have always been my biggest champions! Kris and I are raising our kids in that same house on Jefferson Street.

I look forward to bringing my experiences working in cities and marrying it with my commitment to ensuring every family has access to a quality park.

I have served on the NRPA board since 2010, and I am incredibly excited about where this organization is heading. …

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