He holds a Master of Science degree from New York University School of Professional Studies where he is an Adjunct Instructor for the Division of Programs in Business. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and serves as a Co-president for NYU’s LGBTQ+ Alumni Network.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Miami, Michael began his career as an analytical chemist at Pfizer and shortly thereafter used his FDA compliance experience to consult with Estēe Lauder Companies.A short consulting assignment turned into a ten-year career at Estēe Lauder with roles in Corporate Quality Assurance, Product Management, and Creative Management.
Recognizing the community need, Michael has volunteered his time over eleven years serving fellow New Yorkers in the areas of adult and children’s education. He was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2014 & 2015 and NYU’s Presidential Service Award for Community Service and Civic Engagement in 2016.
He currently works at New York City’s leading volunteer management organization where he leads the Volunteer Relations & Training Department. Michael defines volunteer relations as the intersection of customer service, human resource management, customer relationship management, and marketing. His education from NYU in Integrated Marketing uniquely qualifies him to ensure an optimal volunteer experience for over 52,000 volunteers.
An educator at heart, Michael is passionate about teaching professionals skills to aid in their professional and personal development. He believes that project management is a life skill that is essential for the success of all sectors, industries, and organizations, but professional application of this discipline has been under-utilized outside of technical, financial, government, and large corporate arenas. Because of this belief, he focuses his professional endeavors on supporting organizations and institutions that can most benefit from his experience. In his time at New York Cares, he has championed and led an organization-wide initiative to develop and sustain formal project management systems that has had a tangible impact on New York City’s most vulnerable populations.