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I hold a Ph.D. in sociology from American University and am certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. I am a freelance consultant in community and economic development and have had extensive experience working as a legislative aide in Congress and in the executive branch in both Democratic and Republican administrations. I am also the author of "Alice in Bushland: Fact and Fantasy in the Bush Administration," "Urban Neighborhoods, Networks, and Families: New Forms for Old Values," "Partnerships for Prosperity: Museums and Economic Development," "Connecting the Dots: Government, Community, and Family," and "Connecting the Dots: A Community Action Guide" (an E-book supplement that proves real-world, action-oriented advice for making a difference).