Over the last several years, Michael’s work focused on convening and facilitating cross-sector, cross-cultural, and cross-generational collaboration to build more just and sustainable communities in Minnesota. He started the Social Innovation Lab with some colleagues for this purpose. They have had over a thousand community change makers participate in half-day events to find new connections and ideas to advance their work. Michael also developed several two year long in-depth innovation labs, focused on collaborative systems change work in the following areas:

  • Closing racial disparities in employment in the Twin Cities
  • Youth social enterprise
  • Trauma-informed approaches to health and human services
  • Closing racial disparities in the local juvenile justice system
  • Community-driven health and wellness

Michael lived in Minneapolis with his wife and two kids.  Surrounded in love and held by his family,  Michael passed away in February 2020 after a 4+ year battle with brain cancer.

This profile was last updated February 10, 2020