★ Former Brooklyn Borough President
★ Appointed by President Barack Obama as the Deputy Assistant and First Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs
★ Began his career of service as a youth pastor and New York City public school teacher.
★ Became a City Planner and later served as the District Manager of Community Board 5 in the Bronx
★ Won a seat on the New York City Council in 1997.
★ He was the first freshman council member in history to be appointed to the Land Use Committee.
★ Served as a member of the committees on Economic Development, Education, Higher Education, Environmental Protection, and Operations.