Currently, I serve as the Executive Director for the Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission. In this position, I manage the commission staff and bring legal action against individuals, businesses and government agencies to protect residents from discrimination at work, at school, in the community, in education and in financial lending. My daily mission is to enforce our county’s civil rights laws and to advocate for the vulnerable populations who routinely experience unlawful discrimination, bullying, hate crimes and systematic abuse.
Since taking the helm in 2011, I have rebranded the agency, created greater access to resources for the county’s growing Latino population, and developed a civil rights fellowship program to leverage young talent interested in working in the civil rights arena from across the Washington Metropolitan area. I also lead the agency’s community outreach efforts aimed at educating the public about cultural diversity, inclusion and civil rights enforcement. These efforts have led to reduced incidences of discrimination, more community involvement and cross-cultural understanding. I have earned the respect of law enforcement, victim advocates, and community leaders. I have stood with and advocated for victims of crime who are often haunted by the trauma they have suffered as a result of human trafficking or domestic violence.
Known as a man of my word, I have a definite no-nonsense, get-things-done work ethic which has earned the respect and trust of my colleagues throughout the civil rights community and the criminal justice system. In July 2013, I was honored to be appointed Co-Chair of the County Council’s newly established Task Force focused on fighting human trafficking. As Co-Chair, I lead the county’s efforts in coordinating county, state, and federal partners in a joint response to fighting sex and labor trafficking in the county. I am considered by many as one of Maryland’s leaders in this effort. The accolade isn’t important, what matters most is our constant fight against the ugliness of sex and labor trafficking and its effect on our children and vulnerable adults throughout our county.
I am a devoted family man, married to my college sweetheart for over 28 years. We are very proud of our two daughters and welcome our new granddaughter.