Twenty years in the military formed the person that Stan is today – both in focusing his life on service and also believing deeply in the equality of opportunity of all Virginians.
Currently, Stan lives and works in Mechanicsville – not far from a high school that needs a name change.
20 Years As a Combat Soldier
Stan spent his youth in the South as one of four sons in a poor family. After attending public schools in Arkansas and Mississippi during desegregation, he accepted admission to the College of William and Mary but left school to enlist in the US Army. He spent much of his military career in Germany and watched the Berlin Wall come down and the Cold War end from a motor pool in Schweinfurt. Later, he deployed with the First Infantry Division for peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, first as the Senior Operations NCO and later as a tank platoon sergeant.
After 20 years as a combat soldier, he retired from the military in 2002.
After completing his service at Fort Knox, Stan went back to school on the GI Bill and earned degrees in political science, public policy, and economics. He then returned to Virginia for doctoral work in international relations and public policy at George Washington University. His research focused on global governance and international institutions, with specific work on peacekeeping and national reconstruction after conflict.
Stan has taught political science and public policy at the university level and presented academic papers on corporations and ethnic conflict. He has published work on the politics of climate change. Stan also studies the history of the US Constitution with a focus on the social and political context of its drafting and lectures on the subject.
Still Working to Defend the Constitution
Since 2007, Stan has worked in a variety of defense-related positions, first as the Executive Director of the Virginia National Defense Industrial Authority and then as a defense contractor working to help military leaders find base operations support efficiencies through partnerships. He offers management and training consulting services through his firm, Crux Analytics, LLC.
Stan has worked on public policy advocacy since he retired from the Army, first on specific issues as a with a grassroots and legislative affairs consulting firm and later as a paid and volunteer grassroots organizer and policy advisor.
He has now been a member of the Hanover Democratic Committee for ten years, including seven on the Executive Committee organizing as a Precinct Chair. He supported the campaigns of Rick Waugh, Wayne Powell, Jack Trammel, Glenn Millican, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, John Suddarth, and Vangie Williams.