childhood & college
Greg's civic & philanthropic experiences can be traced back to the first book he ever purchased with his own money (a children's biography of Harriet Tubman). The book inspired him to want to make a difference. A few weeks later, he signed up for a Read-a-Thon (raising funds to help fight Multiple Sclerosis). Over the next few years, he remained actively involved in the Read-a-Thon. This kickstarted a lifelong interest in volunteerism & philanthropy. In high school, he volunteered with local kids through youth centers, camps & athletic leagues. In college, he became increasingly active. He volunteered at local schools off-campus; volunteer taught former gang members trying to get their GEDs; launched a program that brought his classmates into the community - serving as college mentors for younger local students; interned on Capitol Hill & was appointed by the Dean to the position of Student Chairman of Community Service. His interest in the community also influenced his academic experience -- leading him to take classes like Introduction to Civil Rights & Urban Education & write papers on topics like Native American culture & heritage.