Class of 2017
Leadership Conference on Ciivl and Human Rights/Education Fund
Michael is a Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is concentrating in social and urban policy. Michael is also a law student at the University of Washington School of Law. Michael has interned at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP), where he worked on implementing two-tier warrants as an alternative to youth detention and helped monitor conditions of confinement for youth. During law school, he and four other law students drafted and advocated for a bill called the Youth Equality and Reintegration (YEAR) Act, which eliminates certain nonrestitution legal financial obligations for nonviolent youth. The Washington state legislature passed the bill, and Gov. Jay Inslee signed it in 2015. Michael has also interned at the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he helped attorneys investigate patterns and practices of state and local constitutional violations in jails and prisons. This past summer, Michael worked at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Education Fund in Washington, DC, to create legal and policy solutions for fixing the criminal justice system and eliminating mass incarceration in the United States.
Michael is a graduate of Stanford University, where he received a BA in history with a minor in international relations. After graduating from Stanford, Michael served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan from 2010 to 2012. Michael is a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, an Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellow, and a William H. Gates Public Service Law Scholar. Michael is originally from Cincinnati, OH. After graduation, he hopes to return to Ohio and serve his hometown by helping formerly incarcerated individuals reintegrate into the community.