Deepened Community Roots

Michael joins the Planning Committee of his congregation and, later in the year, prepares to teach a foreign policy course at Northwestern Michigan College. He’s also appointed in January to the Board of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority.

Building Family in Michigan

Sarah and Michael rent a Penske, drive across the country with Tex, move back home to Michigan, and begin building their family together in Traverse City.

Becoming Dog Parents to Tex

Sarah and Michael began raising Tex — their now 2.5 year-old rough collie. He’s the sweetest and most loving dog they could imagine.

First Date with Sarah

Michael was set up with Sarah by close mutual friends and the rest, as they say, is history.

Career in Civic Technology

Michael began his career in civic technology. He started as a community organizer and soon thereafter joined Countable as one of its very first team members. Michael is VP, Business Operations and an executive team member.

Interning with Senator Gary Peters

Michael began interning with then-Congressman Gary Peters in his Washington, DC office. He worked directly in Longworth with Gary and his staff of six team members.

Foreign Policy in Tel Aviv

Michael began at a foreign policy think tank, called the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, in Tel Aviv. He worked as the director’s research assistant and spent most of his time on Israel’s relationship with its eastern Mediterranean neighbors.

London School of Economics

Michael moved to England to pursue his masters degree at the London School of Economics. He wrote his masters thesis on infrastructural development in Mandate Palestine during the Second World War, and graduated with distinction.

Washington University in St. Louis

Michael enrolled at Washington University in St Louis, played competitive tennis, was an editor of the school’s Political Review magazine, and was elected to Student Union. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history.