Over the years, Brian has held many titles—small business owner, trade association executive, Bush Administration official, lobbyist, attorney, blogger, college administrator—but there are three that he is most proud of: father, husband and Virginian.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Pennsylvania, Brian came to the DC metropolitan area to attend The George Washington University, where he earned two degrees. But it wasn’t until he moved to Fairfax County in 2007 that he knew he’d found his home—and that’s where he settled down, got married and started his family.
Brian got his start in politics sixteen years ago, interning for a state legislator in Pennsylvania, knocking on doors to register voters and supporting local candidates. He currently serves as legislative and political director for the Seafarers International Union of North America, the nation’s largest maritime labor union, representing merchant mariners in the deep sea, inland and Great Lakes trades. A former Bush Administration official, he was special assistant and senior speechwriter to Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao from 2008 to 2009. In that capacity, he served as the Secretary’s lead liaison to organized labor and as a member of her senior staff.
His private sector experience includes owning a small business, Acacia Strategies LLC, a transportation-focused lobbying firm that he founded in 2009 and owned until 2011. Prior to his government service, he was Executive Director of the American Maritime Congress from 2006 to 2008 and Government Affairs Director at the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association from 2003 to 2006. Before beginning his career in politics, he worked as a property manager for Trammell Crow Company (now CBRE) and as a college administrator at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he worked to pay his way through college.
He received the degree of Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. He received a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from the Graduate School of Political Management of the George Washington University. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the George Washington University. While in law school he served on the Law Review, and his Comment, The Scarlet “L” – Have Recent Developments in Lobbying Regulation Gone Too Far? was published in Volume 60:2 of the Catholic University Law Review. He was selected to join the 2013 Political Leaders Program class at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
In the community, Brian serves as the Vice President of the Wescott Ridge Homeowners Association and Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Electoral Board. A freemason, he has served as an officer in John Blair Lodge #187 in Alexandria, Virginia. Professionally, he is a member of the Propeller Club of the United States, where he serves as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the DC Chapter. He previously served on the Board of Directors of The George Washington University Alumni Association. He was a founding member of the GW Graduate School of Political Management Alumni Association, and served as its first President. He is a member of the American, Virginia and Fairfax Bar Associations, the Republican National Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society. In 2011 he was appointed to the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission. In 2012, he was named to Fairfax County’s Bipartisan Election Improvement Commission, as part of the county’s investigation of concerns about the 2012 election, long lines and inefficiencies in voting in the county. In 2013, he was appointed to a three year term on the Fairfax County Electoral Board by the judges of the Fairfax Circuit Court.
He has been active in local Virginia politics since 2007, when he joined the Fairfax County Republican Committee. He was a delegate to the 2008 and 2009 Republican Party of Virginia Conventions and served as precinct captain in Monument Precinct from 2009 to 2011. He was Communications Director for the Fairfax County Republican Committee in 2010. He currently serves as the Fairfax County Republican Committee’s General Counsel, as well as on the Executive Committee.
In 2009, he began blogging for Too Conservative, one of the most visited Republican blogs in Northern Virginia. In 2010 he started his own blog, Common Sense, which he operated until December 2011. He also is a senior editor of Bearing Drift, the leading conservative blog in Virginia. Since its founding in June 2010 through December 2011, Common Sense had over 60,000 visitors, making it one of the top conservative blogs in Virginia at that time. Bearing Drift has had over 1 million visitors to its website, publishes a monthly E-zine and produces a regionally syndicated radio show, “The Score,” which can be heard across Virginia. His posts on Bearing Drift have been picked up by blogs and sites across America, including The Drudge Report. He serves on the Board of Directors of Virginia Line Media LLC, Bearing Drift’s parent corporation, and also serves as General Counsel. He has been a featured speaker about blogging and online media in Richmond and around Northern Virginia and has testified before Congress on issues affecting the maritime industry.
He lives in Fairfax with his wife KayAnn, son Nicholas and a very opinionated orange tabby named Howie.