Michael is a public policy expert with more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry, public service, and clean technology sector.
Michael serves as the founding Executive Director of the ICF Climate Center, a resource hub for knowledge and insights on climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation, drawn from ICF’s 2000+ climate, energy, and environment professionals.
Michael’s career in energy has reached across both investor-owned and consumer-owned utilities. He has served as a policy advisor to governors and has been an early team member at several successful clean technology startups, including Utilidata, Varentec, and Silver Spring Networks.
Michael most recently served as Vice President for Government Affairs at the Pacific Northwest Generating Cooperative. He chaired an energy task force for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and crafted landmark electricity legislation as a policy advisor to the campaign and administration of Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Michael began his career managing environmental and climate change policy at American Electric Power.
Michael is a U.S. Fulbright Fellow, Tae Kwon Do black belt, former competitive ballroom dancer, professional ski instructor, ping pong entrepreneur, active tennis player, avid backpacker, and Eagle Scout. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale College, and the Harvard Kennedy School. Michael speaks English natively and has studied Mandarin, Korean, Russian, and German. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, three children, and labradoodle puppy.
M.P.P., Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
B.A., Environmental Studies, Yale University