writing software that improves the quality of Special Education. It completes a circle for me because my first post college job was working at a residential treatment center in Texas. I worked there for 5 years, and then moved to Boston in '94, where I worked as an assistant teacher at The League School of Boston. Even though I loved being in the classroom, after having been there for 2 years I was still only making $14k/year, so with some help from my parents, I went back to school to get a Computer Science degree at UMass Boston.
I graduated from UMB in 1999 and took a job with a start up in Boston. We got bought by Palm in 2000 just before the dot com crash. Palm made a series of terrible business decisions, culminating in laying off me and the rest of the Cambridge office in 2002.
I was unemployed for about 3 months, but ended up finding work as a software developer at the MGH Institute of Health Professions. I worked there till 2010, when I left and went to my current position.
My grandparents lived in Lynn from when them arrived here from Europe in the early 1900s. I've got family in Salem and Marblehead as well, and relatives scattered throughout Massachusetts.
My politics are that of individual freedom. I am inspired by the words of genius in the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
I think that we can do better than we are doing now helping each other out. Recently in my neighborhood in Beverly we had a community park clean up. And many people showed up because there is a sense of responsibility to your community. We all understand that idea and we're happy to apply it at a small scale -- in our families, in our neighborhoods, in our communities. People on the North Shore have plenty of stories about how the community pulled together in this crisis or to solve that problem.
That's how I want government to work. When local people can solve the problem, government should get out of the way. I'm not opposed to government, but I'm opposed to scale. There are 300 Million people in this country. Red States and Blue states, and if Crayola had to sell crayons that described us as a political nation, that would be a small box, because the Parties want us all to be colored Red or Blue
But we're not like that really...