Don has been awarded for investigating a variety of large scale multinational financial crime investigations and has been involved with coordinated security for national special security events including the Republican National Convention, multiple United Nations General Assemblies, the 2015 papal visit and the 2016 DNC.
Don’s law enforcement career began as a police officer with the United States Park Police serving in Washington DC, San Francisco and New York, NY. Don served in patrol, as a field training instructor, a member of the SWAT Team and on the Marine Patrol Unit.
Don has been a Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Agency President since 2001 and Legislative Director since 2004. Don has been involved with authoring, advocating and coordinating the legislative efforts for a variety of law enforcement related legislation including the SHIELD Act, 9/11 James Zadroga Health Benefits Act, the Blue Alert bill, Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2012, Federal Law Enforcement Fair Retirement Act and others including the current Federal Law Enforcement Self Defense Act.
Don currently serves as the Executive Director of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation and is responsible for the operational functions of the Foundation, including requests from law enforcement officers in need, which are vetted and addressed per the Foundations guidelines with less than a 7% operating cost.
Don holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York and an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Suffolk County Community College.
Don is a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard reserves from 1988 to 1998, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant (O-3).
Don has received numerous investigative, legislative and heroism awards including the FLEOA Foundation Investigator of the Year Award in 2004 and a US Secret Service Distinguished Service Award for his actions during the terrorist attacks in New York City on September 11th, 2001.