Michael is SignalFire’s Director of Network Development, where he cultivates relationships with executives across later-stage startups and the Fortune 1000 to bring to bear their expertise for the benefit of SignalFire’s portfolio companies — and back to network members themselves.
Prior to joining SignalFire, Michael led Global Community Relations at the XPRIZE Foundation (2016–18), where he focused on the AI XPRIZE. In his role, he recruited 147 teams in 22 countries to compete in the AI XPRIZE and used the resulting network to facilitate numerous high-level events, including the AI for Good Global Summit (in partnership with an agency of the United Nations), and the Human-Centered AI Summit: Democracy and Human Rights by Design (in partnership with Stanford University).
Michael is trained a city planner and community organizer, by trade, and as such has held such diverse roles as a Senior Resiliency Planner at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (2015–16), where he led community planning efforts in the Eastern Rockaway Peninsula to facilitate rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, he led a community development organization for three years (2011-2014) in New Orleans, which focused on the revitalization of a historic commercial corridor post-Hurricane Katrina.
Michael holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pace University, where he graduated magna cum laude (2008). He also holds a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans (2011).
Outside SignalFire, Michael is an advocate for racial and economic justice, regularly consulting with groups focused on the development of affordable housing and closing the racial wealth gap, as well as advising local, progressive political candidates.