When I became the President of the CTA in 1999 it was a difficult time for the organization and having had the prior experience of being President of UTLA, I knew I needed to build an internal team of advocates. Don fulfilled all my expectations as a strong ally to both children and teachers. His high energy, enthusiasm and ability to motivate every age cohort, were hallmarks of his working style. He played an important role on my internal team. It is for these reasons I continue to be an ardent supporter of him and his efforts to improve the lives of the residents of the State of California as the CEO of Attore and Associates.