Michael is running for the Michigan State House because of very real issues on the ballot, from combating gun violence and protecting reproductive choice, to incentivizing the construction of more attainable housing and overcoming political polarization. He has spent his entire career lowering barriers to political entry, working to make public policy more accessible, and empowering neighbors whether or not he agreed with them. Michael knows what it takes to draw young families and professionals back home, and he is committed to building the kind of year-round community that is both sustainable and opportunity-filled.
Currently serving on the Board of Directors of Traverse City's Downtown Development Authority, Michael is also on the Planning Committee of his local congregation and will soon teach at Northwestern Michigan College. He helped build one of the country’s most successful civic technology companies from the ground up, worked as a community organizer, and researched diplomatic affairs with a foreign policy think tank.
Michael earned his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and masters degree with distinction from the London School of Economics. He lives with his wife in Traverse City and is glad to be building their family here.