Peggy was born and raised in Bend, Oregon. She attended Stanford University where she received a BA in English. She and Joe met at Stanford and married when they both graduated in 1971. Peggy enjoys renovating old houses; so much of her energy in the 1970s and 1980s was devoted to several home renovation projects in Houston and Washington. At the same time she was raising three children: Clare (born in 1975), Patrick (1979), and Charles (1983). Once all the children were in school full time, she furthered her own education by obtaining a Masters in library and information science from Catholic University. She went on to spend 20 years as the librarian of Horace Mann Elementary School, a DC Public School. She retired from DCPS in 2005 and spent the next two years working with several of her former colleagues in a non-profit organization formed to train teachers in high-poverty DC elementary schools using methods developed by the Columbia University Teachers College. Peggy enjoys spending time with her six grandchildren, looking at potential renovation projects, traveling, playing bridge, reading, and walking the streets of Manhattan.