“The common threads that brought me most alive in all my different jobs were the moments where I got to help someone really step into their power and own their unique voice and talents. These moments happened daily when checking in with youth at the programs where I worked and with staff that I supervised. I had been doing a basic version of coaching in my work long before I had the language to call it that. When I first heard about coaching, something fell into deep alignment for me, and I knew I needed to become a certified coach. I had seen firsthand that when safe spaces are created for people to shed their protective layers, integrate all their identities and connect with their unique gifts, it is truly transformational. I didn’t know that coaching was one of the best tools to support that process, but once I showed up for the first training class I knew I had found what I was meant to do.”
Michael has partnered with individuals and communities to identify and creatively address their needs for over 20 years. He’s been a counselor for LGBTQ teens, a community health educator, a program director at a large nonprofit, a professional coach and a coach trainer. He has designed and implemented leadership development programs with marginalized communities and created and facilitated a variety of personal development workshops. Michael loves helping people cultivate their unique personal and professional leadership skills. He strongly believes in the resourcefulness, creativity and capacity for transformation that live within every person and community.
Michael is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (ICF) and also holds a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Community Health Education from Hunter College in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Michael loves game nights with his partner Jerome and their close friends, good coffee, reading fantasy and sci-fi books, watching horror movies and watching Days of Our Lives (for over 25 years!). He’s also an unapologetic tennis fanatic!