New Rochelle has lots of very impressive and accomplished residents, and one of the really nice things about my job is that it gives me an opportunity to meet at least a few of them. But I am still sometimes surprised by the breadth of knowledge and expertise in our city. Here’s one great example:

New Rochelle resident Geoff Porter is among the nation’s foremost experts on northern Africa, with a special focus on the political and economic ramifications of the Arab Spring. He had an op-ed recently in the New York Times and was just interviewed by Kai Ryssdal for Marketplace on NPR.

You can hear the full interview at (Geoff’s portion of the show begins at 17:10.) And you can learn more about Geoff at

This has nothing to do with City government, but I think it is neat to learn about the interesting things our neighbors are doing in the wider world.