Master of Public Administration, Baruch College of CUNY, New York, NY – 1978
B.A., City College of New York, New York – 1969
Public Administration Program, Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY – 1976


Independent Consultant and Speaker
1977 — Present
PDR & Associates
Washington, DC

Consult with clients and present in the areas of non-profit management, strategic planning, conference management, fund raising, disability rights, education policy, travel, financial management, and political campaign management. Clients have included Coordinator Publications, COSSMHO, the Department of Commerce, U.S. Commission on Human Rights, U.S. Department of Education Transition Committee, and numerous non-profits and political candidates.

Executive Director
September 2005 — September 2015

AAOP is the professional organization representing the interests of 3,500 allied health professionals in the orthotic and prosthetic (O&P) profession. AAOP publishes JPO, a peer reviewed journal as well as other publications including the Academy Today and the Advantage. The organization conducts a number of small education meetings and an annual education conference and exhibit attended by 2000 professionals. The Academy had a federal grant from the Department of Education which supported efforts to increase awareness of the field of O&P and enhance knowledge through education and research. AAOP has an online learning center which allows practitioners to meet their credentialing requirements and enhance their education 24/7. The education mission is to ensure that professionals have the highest level of knowledge and expertise to enable them to provide quality care to their patients.

Executive Director
October 1989 — September 2003

NAGC is an international association with affiliates in every state and Europe whose mission is to ensure that creatively and intellectually gifted children receive an appropriate education. Membership is made up of teachers, administrators, and parents. NAGC publishes a quarterly journal, a quarterly parent magazine, a newsletter, and other educational materials, and sponsors an annual conference and exhibit hall attended by more than 3,500 people.
In my tenure with NAGC I accomplished the following:

  • Moved the National Office to Washington, DC, hired staff and set up a computer networked office.
  • Built a reserve fund of $4 million through proper management of association programs.
  • Developed a National Advisory Board whose membership includes Governors, State Education Superintendents, members of Congress, and corporate representatives.
  • Developed a positive image for the association on Capitol Hill and with other education groups through planned public relations and new publications.
  • Started a new full color quarterly magazine, Parenting for High Potential.
Executive Director
October 1985 — September 1989
Accountants for the Public Interest
Washington, DC

API is a national association that works through its affiliates to encourage accountants to provide pro bono publico accounting and financial management services to not-for-profit organizations, small businesses, and individuals.

  • Established Association Headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • Expanded national network of affiliates.
  • Developed fundraising program.
Adjunct Associate Professor
January 1983 — 1986

Taught seminar in health financial issues to second-year medical students, physician assistants and nurse practitioner students.

Executive Director
February 1981 — August 1984

The AAPA is the nationally recognized association representing physician assistants.

  • Served as CEO with full program, financial, and staffing responsibility.
  • Developed legislative program and served as Association Lobbyist.
  • Built a $1 million reserve fund from income other than dues.
  • Developed public relations program to enhance the image of PAs with the public, Congress, and the medical community.
  • Increased association membership by 20%
  • Secured continued federal funding for PA programs.
Executive Director
October 1978 — January 1980
White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals/Implementation Unit
Washington, DC

The White House Conference resulted in a multi-point plan demanding action on the federal, state, and local government levels, and in the private sector to improve the position of handicapped individuals in society.

  • Directed work of intra- and inter-agency councils, including high level representatives of over 30 federal agencies and commissions.
  • Conducted national Governors’ Conference and four regional consumer conferences on disability issues.
  • Managed legislative agenda at federal and state levels.
  • Spoke at conferences and seminars in nearly every state.
  • Produced final report on federal progress in the areas of concern to the constituency.
City-wide Coordinator
May 1974 — June 1977
Mayor’s Office of Service Coordination
New York, NY

This office coordinated the delivery of municipal services for the Mayor through the newly formed and decentralized community boards.

  • Supervised 70 liaison, management, and administrative employees.
  • Assisted in preparation and monitoring of $7.5 million budget.
  • Developed and conducted seminars on local government for City Administrators and community board members.
Administrative Aide
January 1973 — May 1974
Congresswoman Bella S. Abzug
New York, NY
September 1969 — December 1972
New York City Board of Education
New York, NY

Conferences and Seminars Planned and Conducted

  • Scouting and Youth in the Inner City. Developed for scout leaders and volunteers, 1975.
  • Training course on working with community organizations for New York City administrators and commissioners, 1976.
  • Decentralization Conference, New York City, 1976. 300 community activists and city employees.
  • Consumer action seminars: three regional conferences on state and local government for handicapped consumers, parents, providers, and advocates. May and June, 1979.
  • Follow-up to the White House Conference on the Handicapped for Governors and their staffs. Minneapolis, MN, 1979. Emphasis on PL 94-142, human and civil rights.
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants annual Conference and Exhibit, 1981, 1982, 1983.
  • Lobbying: The Federal Trade Commission as an example: Substance and Technique. For the Washington Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC, 1983.
  • COSSMHO; Social Service and Health Issues, Bi-annual conference, Los Angeles, CA, 1984.
  • Accountants for the Public Interest, Annual meeting, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.
  • National Association for Gifted Children, Annual Convention, 1990 through 2003.
  • American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Annual Convention, 2005 through present.

Articles and Papers

  • “Decentralization – Is it Cost Effective?”, Journal of the Center for Governmental Studies, Vol. 1, 1976.
  • “Social Services and 504”, Public Welfare Journal, September 1979.
  • “Implications: 504 and PL 94-142”, Regulatory Eye, September 1979.
  • The National Council on the Handicapped, Position Paper, 1979.
  • The International Year for Disabled Persons, Position Paper, 1979.
  • “Transportation for the Handicapped – A Statement”, A Consultation sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, May 1979.
  • “Public Service Accounting”, Journal of Accountancy, April 1987.
  • “The National Association for Gifted Children Looks to the Future”, Our Gifted Children, July 1991.
  • “The Art of Negotiation,” USAE News, July 1997.
  • “Staff; Membership; or Market-Driven? That’s the Question!”, USAE News, September 1997.
  • Quarterly Executive Director’s Column, Parenting for High Potential, September 1996 – Present.
  • “The New Millennium is Finally Here: Can We Talk About it Now?”, USAE News, January 2000.
  • OPED columns for the Washington Blade –
  • Column: Inside LGBT Washington, opinions on local and national issues for the Washington Blade, January 2010 –present
  • Column: Community Pallette, opinions and reports on a wide variety of issues both political and in the Arts, 2011 – present
  • Blog: Huffington Post blogs and columns on a wide variety of issues including media, LGBT and political, 2011 – present.


  • On 504 and PL 94-142 to Governors’ Committees, consumer and parent groups in California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, New Mexico, New York, and Washington.
  • On PA services to consumer and provider groups in 30 states.
  • On Third Party Reimbursement to the American Society of Law and Medicine Conference, 1982, 1983.
  • Third Party Reimbursement for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners, St. Louis University School of Law, 1982.
  • Speeches as surrogate for political candidates to groups of 50 to 3,000 individuals. Topics included local government, federal/state relations, and citizen involvement.
  • Advocacy: How and Why, Mid-States Conference, Denver, CO, 1991.
  • Advocacy for Gifted Education in America, World Congress on Gifted, The Hague, 1991.
  • Gifted Education in the United States: Past, Present and Future, World Congress on Gifted, Seattle, WA, 1997.
  • On Gifted Education for education groups and NAGC affiliates in over 20 states between 1989 and 2004.
  • On topics from Medicare and Medicaid to public policy impacting the field of Orthotics and Prosthetics from 2005 to present.

Volunteer Activities

  • 1978 Board of Higher Education Search Committee, Baruch College Presidential Search.
  • Scouting: Commissioner, Hendrick Hudson District, New York City Explorer Advisor, Troop 780M, Scouting Committee for the Handicapped, Washington, DC.
  • League of Disabled Voters, Founding member, Board of Directors and Incorporator.
  • Inspire ’85, Festival on the Mall, Washington, DC.
  • Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, Law and Legislative Committee, Chair 1988-89.
  • Capital Chapter Professional Convention Management Association, member Board of Directors, 1995 – 2000
  • President and Founder, “Arts in Action,” 1995 – Present.
  • Member and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, University of the District of Columbia, 2000 – 2005.
  • Incorporator and Founding Board Member, Media Matters.
  • Founding member and current President, Campaign for All DC Families, 2007 – present.
  • Member Community Board, Whitman Walker Clinic, 2009- present


  • Who’s Who in Washington, DC.
  • Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
  • Community Leader Award, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington