I’m a neighbor of 25 years on Nebraska Avenue in Chevy Chase. It’s where my wife and I have raised our three, now-grown children — all of whom attended Lafayette Elementary and participated actively in local sports organizations. It’s where we intend to retire. Professionally, I’ve spent a career supporting the rights of citizens worldwide to access unbiased news and information and to enjoy unfettered freedom of expression. Currently, as founder and president of Sherman Media Group, LLC, I advise international clients on the design and development of broadcast and digital media in restrictive environments. For several decades before, I served as a senior executive responsible for strategy, research, and business development at the US Broadcasting Board of Governors (now US Agency for Global Media), parent organization of the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, and other government-supported international media. Having traveled the world in support of free, open, democratic societies, I’ve now decided to turn my attention to nurturing democracy in our own neighborhood. The ANC is compelling to me for the very reason my career work has been – to make government responsive to the citizens and to give the citizens an effective voice in their community’s affairs.