Director of Communities
Michael joined SignalFire in 2018 to build the firm’s communities programs, which includes developing content and events that provide value to portfolio companies and building a global artificial intelligence talent network.
Previously, Michael worked with the XPRIZE Foundation, where he managed the AI XPRIZE, a $5M competition with the goal to facilitate human-AI collaboration to solve the world’s grand challenges. In this role, he built a global AI XPRIZE ambassador network and contributed to the launch of various initiatives, including the AI for Good Global Summit, organized in partnership with the United Nations.
Michael received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans, where he focused on community and economic development. He has his B.A. in Political Science from Pace University, where he was an active member in Students for a Democratic Society.
In addition to his role at SignalFire, Michael is Co-Founder and Policy Director of Free Machine, a non-profit organization that develops public policy and creative projects to shape a high-tech future that is equitable, abundant, and sustainable. He is also a Co-Founder of Los Feliz Forward, a neighborhood organization that is focused on advocating for building all types of housing for all types of people in Los Feliz, his neighborhood in Los Angeles.
When not being a community organizer, Michael likes to read non-fiction about science, society, and mysticism and to explore California with his wife, Kimberly and their dog, Seely.