I was born in a log cabin…no, wait, that’s Ed Rogers. Actually, I was born in Washington, and when I was in the first grade at Sidwell Friends, I was told not to come back to school wearing my new Kennedy-Johnson button because it upset an older student, Tricia Nixon. That cemented my affiliation with the Democratic Party. In college, I worked on school publications with journalists of note such as Jane Mayer, Michiko Kakutani, John Tierney and The Post's Jackson Diehl. Upon graduation, and after many rejection letters at newspapers, including The Post, I went to work in politics.

My mentor was the great consultant Bob Squier. He and I provided strategy and media consulting to 18 incumbent Democratic senators and helped steer challengers such as Frank Lautenberg, Paul Simon and Joe Lieberman to victory. In the mid-90s I started to work for corporations and causes, but in 1999 I returned to politics as a senior adviser to Al Gore, for whom I directed the message and advertising of his 2000 presidential campaign. Since that split-decision election, I helped to found the Glover Park Group, which today is a leading communications, advertising and lobbying company in Washington, New York, Boulder and Los Angeles. I live with my wife and our young daughter in Upperville, Va.