Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Al grew up in New York City during the hay days of the Garage night club, Nells, and The World. He attended Hobart College for his B.A. and taught high school social studies while completing his teacher certification in New York. He went on to receive his law degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and has been in the D.C metropolitan area since 1998. His favorite poem is Rudyard Kipling's "If".