Bachelor in Government with honors, Notre Dame University, 1980. Master in International Affairs, Columbia University, 1982. Postgraduate, DePaul University, 1993.
Research assistant, Columbia University, New York City, 1981-1982; assistant editor, United Nations Association of the United States of America, New York City, 1983; research analyst, John Glenn Presidential Campaign committee, Chicago, 1984; author of initiative, World Without War Council, Chicago, 1984-1985; legal records administrator, Cook County Court System, Chicago, 1986-1992. Adjunct Professor American National Government, Thornton Community College, South Holland, Illinois, 1988.
Chairman platform committee Young Democrats of Illinois, Springfield, Champaign and Chicago, 1987, 89, 91. Recording secretary Young Democrats of Cook County, Chicago, 1990-1991. Vice chairman platform committee, chairman foreign affairs subcommittee Young Democrats of America convention, Columbus, Ohio, 1989.
Deputy sergeant-at-arms St. Louis convention, 1991. Fellow John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. (honorary), New York Academy Political Science, Center for Study of the Presidency, Chicago for Peace Now, Amnesty International, Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, Park West Community Association, Sane/Freeze, Sierra Club.