Areas of Expertise: strategic collaboration, fund development, public policy
“Cultivating partnerships and development is about more than raising money – it’s also about helping position our organization for new opportunities.”
Michael is a natural connector, helping to expand the reach of KnowledgeWorks in communities across the country.
Before joining KnowledgeWorks, Michael was with the Council of Chief State School Officers. There, he and his team oversaw external relationships for the Council, brokering and stewarding relationships with the education, business, philanthropic and nonprofit communities. His team also managed the business development arm of the organization, generating revenue and resources to maintain the financial health of the Council and to ensure the strategic implementation of the organization’s mission.
Previously, Michael worked for two national education foundations where he led and supported policy initiatives that expanded their core programs, raising their national exposure and visibility.
Michael received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he also earned a Master’s in Public and International Affairs. Prior to that, he worked for the Rand Corporation, where he worked on domestic and foreign policy issues. A native Californian and UCLA alumnus, Michael taught and coached in Southern California high schools before entering the national policy education arena.