In this interview, host Don Hutchison asks me about my work. And what I am most excited by the work I am doing as executive director of Police2Peace, a national nonpartisan charity I founded about 2 years ago, Police2Peace offers low-tech, high impact ways to help community engagement and lower barriers between police and the community. We first started doing this through the PEACE OFFICER identity program, where we visibly put decals with the words PEACE OFFICER on police vehicles. More recently, we have begun offering programs for police departments and communities to help change minds and open hearts to how we can all live in peace.
But what I learned in answering the question, was that I was a sort of translator between worlds. For example, I was a nerd in school—marching band, chess club, that kind of thing. But I also had friends who were more popular and part of the social group. I soon realized that I could span multiple worlds and translate between the two in ways that I could reach and exist with different types of people at the same time. I would say that at a young age, I discovered that one of my super powers was to be able to translate ideas, experiences, even languages between groups of people who couldn’t otherwise understand or appreciate one another.
After that while at Stanford, I ended up discovering what I love to do—which is to help small companies grow. Since that time almost 40 years ago, I have worked with, enabled, funded and grown hundreds of small companies so they can grow into larger companies. And that is all I have ever wanted to do—be of service, make a difference, enable others to achieve their dreams. And in so doing, my dreams come true as well. Police2Peace is one of those dreams—a dream that we can re-imagine police-citizen encounters in our country so that they are rooted in compassion, trust, and empathy.