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Photo credit: Bob Cullen

Growing up in Washington DC made me fascinated with public affairs and big questions. Lately I’ve learned how hard it is to improve just one aspect of this town - its trees! My larger concern and hope for us all now is that science save us. Above I enjoy an early view of the planet.


Founder, President and CEO, Restore Mass Ave
Writer at

Reports and editorial services

PCAST, NSF, NSB, NRC and others

Freelance articles

Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Technology Review, and others


A Grand Avenue Revival: Massachusetts Avenue Landscape History & Design Guide
Promise and Power: The Life and Times of Robert McNamara
The Seventh Continent: Antarctica in a Resource Age
Lost at the Frontier: U.S. Science and Technology Policy Adrift

Sponsors of books projects

National Trust for Historic Preservation, CSIS, Resources For the Future, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Books project support

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Ford Foundation, John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


Director of Communications, Federation of American Scientists

Washington Bureau Chief 


Staff Reporter



Harvard / Radcliffe, The Madeira School, DC public schools

...[I]t seems to me that only science, aided by human decency, common sense, farsightedness, and concern for the unfortunate and the poor, offers the world any hope in its present morass.
— Oliver Sacks