Member, Task Force to Improve Child Support Compliance in Prince George's County, 2007-08; Task Force on the Preservation of Heritage Language Skills in Maryland, 2008-09. Chair, Task Force on Solar Hot Water Systems in Prince George's County, 2010, 2011. Member, Task Force on the Establishment of a Statewide Spay/Neuter Fund, 2011-13; Climate, Energy and Environment Policy Committee, 2011-, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments; Maryland Advisory Council for Virtual Learning, 2012-; Maryland Smart Growth Investment Fund Work Group, 2013-14; Task Force to Ensure Retirement Security for All Marylanders, 2014-15.
Member, National Petroleum Council, 1979-81. Chair, Economic Development Committee, City of College Park, 1983-86. Member, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Prince George's County, 1985-93. Chair, Substance Abuse Advisory Council, Prince George's County, 1991-94.
Member of House of Delegates, representing District 21, Prince George's and Anne Arundel Counties, 1987-97. Vice-Chair, Ways and Means Committee, 1995-97. Member, Spending Affordability Committee, 1987-93, 1995-97; Special Joint Committee on Economic Development Strategy, 1988-89; Joint Budget and Audit Committee, 1991-93. House Co-Chair, Joint Transportation Financing Committee (Transportation 2000), 1994. Member, Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, 1995-97; Joint Committee on Legislative Data Systems, 1995-97; Special Joint Committee on Competitive Taxation and Economic Development, 1996-97; Special Committee on School Enrollment Management, 1996-97. Resigned from House of Delegates, effective December 31, 1997, to become U.S. Ambassador to Romania.
U.S. Ambassador to Romania, January 20, 1998 to February 2001. Board member, Council of American Ambassadors, 2009-.
Board of Regents, University System of Maryland, 2001-06.
Born in Rome, Italy, May 20, 1951. Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Patuxent Capital Group, 2001-. Advisory Council, Maryland Committee on Federal Income Tax Conformity, 1982. President, Maryland Main Street Development Association, 1984-85. Member, Maryland Democratic State Central Committee, 1985-92. Advisory Board, Center for National Policy, 1986-91. Board of Directors, National Small Business United, 1986-92. Deputy Chair, Maryland Democratic Party, 1989-92 (treasurer, 1985-89). Co-author, Dracula Is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended It, and Emerged since 1989 as the New Italy (2009). Board of Trustees, Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs. Certificate of Appreciation, Maryland Municipal League, 2008. Consumer Hero, Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, 2013, 2014. Married.
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