Michael has more than a decade of experience in transportation policy, planning, and research, beginning his career with the Nashville Area MPO in the mid-1990s. Prior to his return to the MPO, he directed the public transportation work program for an MPO in central Florida where he led regional consensus building efforts and spearheaded state legislative action to provide a dedicated source of funding for public transportation through the creation of the Polk Transit Authority. He was a technical lead in the 7-county Orlando area’s “How Shall We Grow?” regional visioning process and the MPOs representative in the development of legislation that lead to the creation of the recently formed Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Authority.
In addition to his public-sector service, Michael has held senior-level management positions with consulting firms in Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington. During his time in the private sector, he conducted social and public policy research for numerous local and state governments, MPOs, DOTs and transit agencies across the nation. He received his undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and a Masters of Science in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.