Michael has been the Center’s Director since 2010, responsible for faculty, staff and advisory board development and management; project development, oversight and strategic advice; organizational development and strategic planning; fund raising and communications; scholarship; and other tasks essential to the Center’s growth. An official ‘Cusky,’ Michael is an Associate Professor at WSU Extension; Affiliate Associate Professor at the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance; and a two-time UW graduate, including a Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School.
Michael has over 25 years of experience in helping diverse groups reach common ground on public policy issues in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Associate at Triangle Associates Inc., providing facilitation, mediation, public involvement, strategic planning, project management and other services. He has also provided these services at nonprofit and academic institutions for the North Cascades Initiative, Hatchery Reform Project, Hanford Openness Workshops and other projects.
In his free time, Michael plays racquetball, hikes, backpacks, reads and spends time with his wife and two kids. He is a long-suffering fan of the Seattle Mariners.
Updated on September 4, 2018