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Wes Moore

Growing up in a single parent home and drifting down a troubled path, Wes Moore learned every day how the choices people made affected their lives and the lives of those around them. But it was only years later, when Wes found out about another Wes Moore, that the lesson truly hit home.

Wes was studying abroad in South Africa when he received a call from his mother, who told him the police were looking for a man who had killed a cop and there were wanted posters out for him all over their neighborhood. The wanted man’s name was Wes Moore.

This other Wes Moore was close to Wes’ own age, and had also grown up in a single-parent household, in the very same neighborhood where Wes had lived. But while Wes was now a Rhodes Scholar with a troubled past behind him, the other Wes Moore was serving a life sentence in prison for murder.

Their lives were so similar, but their destinies could not have been more different. While one had broken the cycle of poverty and violence in the community, the other had ultimately succumbed. How could this happen?

It was this question that led Wes Moore to begin a conversation with the other Wes Moore, a conversation that soon revealed a much larger tale about the consequences of personal responsibility and the imperativeness of education and community for a generation of boys searching for their way. Wes eventually documented this incredible journey in his book, “The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates.”

Wes has also continued to achieve success in other areas of his life, becoming a highly decorated war veteran having served in Afghanistan with the elite 1st Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division, a White House Fellow working as a Special Assistant to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and most recently an investment professional at Citigroup. He has been named one of Ebony magazine’s “Top 30 Leaders Under 30,” and Crain’s New York Business’ “40 Under 40 Rising Stars,” and has been recognized as an authority on the rise and ramifications of radical Islamism in the Western Hemisphere.

But through it all, Wes keeps the lessons of the other Wes Moore close, committing himself to becoming a positive influence, and advocating for others to enact change through public service. “Public service does not have to be an occupation,” he says, “but it must be a way of life.” Today he travels around the country to speak at schools and mentor youth, encouraging and inspiring them to set and meet high expectations in their lives.

To learn more about Wes Moore and his book, "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates,"