With a passion for sustainable development, Michael believes in a future free of fossil fuels. His work is built upon an understanding that NGOs, corporations, and even the World Bank take their cues from activists, and that change comes from a demand for radical action followed by the slow change in values that seeps into international understanding. Michael was raised in the American South, and spent time exploring the mountains of Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. In 2016, he hiked the Appalachian Trail, connecting his two homes of the South and New England. He has swum in all four of the world’s oceans.
Michael went to Dartmouth College, where he sang acappella and studied sustainable development. While at Dartmouth, Michael did research on natural resource management issues in southern Africa, New England, and the American Arctic. After college, Michael worked to build the case against BP on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and has since worked on a wide range of environmental topics from from greentech investment to California’s carbon cap and trade to marine conservation in Indonesia. He lives in San Francisco and works as a consultant for some of the biggest thinkers in the international environmental movement.