Executive Vice President
Mike is a public affairs and communications strategist with extensive experience helping elected representatives, public interest organizations, and government officials craft their messages, develop narratives and enact public policy. Before joining Arc Initiatives, Mike served in the Obama administration as a communications director at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. There, he supervised public affairs strategies related to mental health, refugee services, and healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Previously, Mike served as a communications director in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he built earned media strategies to advance water conservation and California drought solutions, veterans health care improvements, renewable energy investments, and campaign finance reform.
Before working in federal government, Mike worked in issue advocacy communications at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, where his efforts contributed to two successful campaigns to expand background checks on all gun sales: a 2014 Washington state ballot initiative and a 2015 Oregon state law.
A native of San Diego, Mike began his career in California state government as a gubernatorial press aide and spokesperson. Mike holds a master’s degree in media and public affairs from The George Washington University and dual bachelor’s degrees in cinema-television and international relations from the University of Southern California. He enjoys cooking, reading, and attending live music shows.