After graduating college, Greg became a teacher. Two months into his career, he witnessed a moment of conflict between three customers at a restaurant. Hoping to bridge the racial, cultural & generational divides which appeared to spark it, he founded The Brunch Bunch Mentoring Program. More than 700 students & adults participated in the program. After the first 70 weeks, Greg expanded his efforts & founded The 11-10-02 Foundation. Now in its 18th year, the volunteer-run organization has raised the funds for hundreds of educational grants & college scholarships for students with financial need. Driven by his bond with his Grandmother, he also has devoted a lot of time to older adults & issues which impact them. For his volunteer & philanthropic efforts, he was named one of America's Daily Points of Light & received the Jefferson Award for Public Service. He was honored at Princeton University as 'one of America's top social entrepreneurs under 40'. He has served as guest speaker/lecturer or Scholar-in-Residence for schools, companies, events & conferences in different countries. Along the way, he has pursued his interest in the Creative Arts. He is co-author of The Silhouette Man by Jillip Naysinthe Paxson. It was honored in Canada as a book that celebrates the wisdom of seniors. The student edition (The First Thirty) was NSDLC Multicultural Relations Book of the Year. His visual art has gone on exhibit at events in different nations. He received the Portraits in Humanity Award - given to someone who has used the arts to make a difference. Greg's other personal interests include animals, travel, food & athletics. In 2013, after a long recovery from spinal surgery capped off by a sprint triathlon, his experience was highlighted by USA Triathlon. Over the years, he also has been featured by media like Washington Post, National Public Radio, Education Week & USA Today. The TV show, Good Morning America, buried a Time Capsule which chronicled his efforts to increase volunteerism & bring diverse people together within his community. He has written for the media as well. On the fun side, Greg founded TakeLeaps.com - a website devoted to encouraging people to pursue ideas, embrace challenges & learn new things. His own 'Leaps' include skydiving, an all-in-fun 'tryout' with the Minnesota Twins' AAA team & spending two days working on a farm.