Getting it Done for Montgomery County
Roger has called Montgomery County home for over 28 years. He came for some of the same reasons many have flocked to Montgomery County – great residential neighborhoods, excellent schools, a welcoming and politically progressive community, access to nature, and close proximity to good jobs.
He has raised his family here, sent his kids to Montgomery County Public Schools and committed himself to public service in our community.
Roger began his career as a public servant working on Capitol Hill as senior staff to progressive leaders like Senator Howard Metzenbaum (Ohio) and Representative Henry Waxman (California), who helped shape his vision of the good that can be achieved when government works for people.
From there, he built a successful, nationally-recognized small business focused on energy issues. He fought for ratepayers against Enron and utilities. But ultimately, public service was in his blood and he decided to run for County Council.
On the Council, Roger represents the western part of the county from the DC line up to Frederick County. This year, for the second time, he was elected by his colleagues to serve as Council President. He has also served as Chairman of the Board for the Washington Council of Governments.
Working in collaboration with parents, community leaders, educators, businesses, entrepreneurs and countless others, Roger has tackled some of Montgomery County’s biggest challenges by finding transportation solutions, protecting the environment, advocating for consumers and seniors, and fully funding public schools.
Roger has been heavily involved in Democratic politics nationally for over two decades, working to help elect Democrats in Maryland and across the country. He has served as a precinct leader, and on the Council of Advisors for the Maryland Democratic Party.
Roger is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery (Class of 2002), Leadership Greater Washington (Class of 2015), and a two year program on leadership and spirituality called “The Soul of the Executive”.
Roger is well known for his commitment to finding common ground. He served on the Board of Directors of the internationally renowned non-profit, Search for Common Ground; hosted an award winning TV show called “Search for Common Ground in Montgomery County”, and served on the board of advisors to the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.
Roger lives in White Flint, or the Pike District, with his wife and partner Karen, a cancer researcher at the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.
Roger earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his law degree at the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He is an avid fly-fisherman and a tortured fan of the Washington Nationals and Wizards.