Ian grew up in Jericho, New York, in the suburbs of New York City.  He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois and a M.S. in Information Systems and Technology from Johns Hopkins University.  He has lived in the DC area for the past 16 years, circling the Beltway with stops in Gaithersburg, Woodbridge, and, for the past six years, Purcellville and Aldie in Loudoun County.

Ian spent the early part of his career as a software developer, technical lead, and project manager for Lockheed Martin and the Appian Corporation, where he developed and managed a multitude of large software systems for the Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and various civilian agencies.

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For the past nine years, Ian has worked for PDRI, a private government contractor based in Chantilly, VA.  As the Senior IT Director, his responsibilities include business development, strategic direction, and operational delivery for major government and commercial clients such as the Office of Personnel Management, Amazon.com, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Ian lives in Purcellville with his family.  His wife, Caitlin, owns her own small business, a digital marketing and communications firm.  His two children, Allison and Jack, are LCPS students at Harmony Middle School and Hillsboro Charter Academy.

 

An Advocate for Loudoun County Schools

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Ian has been involved in advocating for changes in Loudoun County Public Schools since nearly the moment he moved to Loudoun in 2013.  He helped organize his community to fight to keep Western Loudoun’s community elementary schools open in 2014, when the school board was considering closing Aldie Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Hillsboro Elementary, and Lincoln Elementary, due to the Board of Supervisors underfunding the adopted budget that year by $38M.

 

 

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Ian is a leader in More Recess for Virginians and its Loudoun chapter, More Recess for Loudoun County, an advocacy group which successfully advocated at the state and county level to overhaul our recess policy.  As a result of Ian’s efforts, a new state law was signed by Governor Northam in April 2018 that allows local school districts more flexibility in providing recess, and the LCPS school board passed a new recess policy in June 2018 that  doubled the amount of recess time students receive in elementary school (from 15 minutes to 40 minutes in Kindergarten and 30 minutes in grades 1-5).

 

 

Community Involvement

Ian served for two years on the Board of Directors of the Aldie Heritage Association, serving as Membership Chair.  He helped organize the Aldie Food, Wine, and Harvest Festival, as well as many other initiatives to promote, protect, and preserve the history and character of Aldie and the surrounding area.

As part of his commitment to encouraging STEAM programs, Ian has volunteered his time as an Odyssey of the Mind coach since 2014.  This past year, his team won its division at Loudoun’s regional tournament and represented Loudoun County at the Virginia State Odyssey of the Mind Tournament in Newport News, VA.

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