Mike decided to take his passion for leadership development training and start Leadership for Change in 2004. Since then, he has worked with thousands of individuals and groups to help develop their leadership skills. Mike has over 20 years of experience managing youth & adult leadership programs and is passionate about partnering with young people to create positive social change. His experience includes directing Penny Harvest Seattle, a youth philanthropy & service learning program, JustServe AmeriCorps, a youth anti-violence program, TEEN LINK, a hotline for youth answered by youth, and serving on the Board of Directors for COLAGE (Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere), a national organization advocating for the rights of GLBT families.
In 2013, Mike and a team of training colleagues launched F.A.C.E. (Facilitating Awareness & Change for Equity) Consulting Collaborative in an effort to provide stronger support to individuals, groups, and organizations striving to create a more equitable world. More info on F.A.C.E. can be found on their website.
Current Projects & Associations
AmeriCorps VISTA– Mike trains new VISTA members and new VISTA supervisors for this federally funded national service program dedicated to fighting poverty in the United States.
CommonAction Consulting– Mike is a proud to be part of this team of consultants that promotes children, youth, and adults becoming engaged throughout our communities. CommonAction is well know for its resources to promote youth and student engagement- FreeChild & SoundOut!
Casa Verde– Mike is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for this new non-profit promoting Global Citizenship and Sustainability out of their education center in El Limon, Nicaragua.
Center for Ethical Leadership– Mike is trained as a “Gracious Space” practitioner with this non-profit that cultivates leadership and builds capacity, helping organizations and communities tap collective wisdom in service of the common good.
King County Youth Development Network– Mike was part of the founding team of volunteers that created this collaborative resource and network for Seattle/King County youth development staff, both online and in-person.
Seattle Young People’s Project– Mike is a big fan and long time supporter of this youth-led, adult supported social change organization.
Social Justice Fund Northwest – Mike is a member of this foundation that provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.
ToP (Technology of Participation) – Mike is part of a national network of ToP trainers. ToP provides structured facilitation methods to help to help groups think, talk, and work together. ToP courses are offered throughout the U.S. and Canada. See link above for more info.