Born in Richardson, TX, 1956, to Doris Nation, a retired high school librarian, and the late Joseph B. Nation, a university researcher.
Married Novato native Linda Nicolay-Nation in 1983. Linda is the Marketing Director for RAND California and RAND Texas, online sources of information on both states. She previously worked as an Administrative Aide at the Marin County Board of Supervisors. Linda is the founding President of the Marin League of Conservation Voters and a past President of the Kentfield Schools Foundation. Thirteen-year old twin daughters, Kristen and Alexandra.
* B.A, Economics, German, French, University of Colorado.
* Masters in of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.
* Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School.
* Post-doctoral fellowship, Stanford University.