Bachelor magma cum laude, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1977. Juris Doctor magma cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, 1984.
Legislation assistant to representative Barbara Mikulski, 1978—1982. Attorney Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1984—1985. Research assistant to representative Jim Florio, 1986.
Legislation counsel to representative John Spratt, 1987—1992. Staff member United States House Democratic Policy Committee, Washington, 1995—1996. Chief counsel, acting staff director, subcommittee on commerce, consumer and monetary affairs United States House Government Operations Committee, 1993—1994.
Professional staff member United States House Democratic Policy Committee, 1995—1996. Staff director, chief counsel United States House Budget Committee, since 1997.
Member of California Latin American Institute (chair), District of Columbia Bar, Council Foreign Relations, American Jewish Committee (board governors).