Michael is the Director of Strategic Communications & Media at the World Resources Institute, where he oversees media engagement and communications in the United States and globally to advance the organization’s goals of protecting the earth and improving people’s lives.
Michael has an extensive background in strategic communications, media relations, and film/video production in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors.
Prior to joining WRI, Michael was the federal media director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he led media efforts to advance the organization’s top policy priorities, including climate change, energy, public health, lands, air, water, and other issues. Previously, Michael was a senior communication officer for the international division of the American Red Cross, focusing on humanitarian disasters, public health, and related issues. At the Red Cross, he managed outreach for the Tsunami Recovery Program and for the highly successful Measles Initiative.
Earlier in his career, Michael worked in advertising and film/video production in New York City, overseeing national television commercials for top U.S. businesses, along with documentaries, music videos, and many other film projects.
Michael received his Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating on international economics and Southeast Asia. He received his B.A. from Cornell University.
Michael has travelled and worked in numerous countries, including China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Brazil. He currently lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, Jasper and Laila.