Michael has led legal and business teams in a variety of settings, from start-ups to large financial services companies. He is currently Chief Compliance Office of Alumni Ventures, a disruptive venture capital firm creating access to this previously inaccessible and key asset class for individual investors through well-diversified portfolios in one simple investment. As GC, COO and co-founder of Parker Infrastructure Partners, he helped develop and launch an innovative private equity investment advisory platform aligning the interests of agencies, communities and investors around sustainability and long-term benefits in large infrastructure projects. Prior to that, he worked to grow TIAA/Nuveen’s asset management business to $900 billion AUM, by helping create new businesses and developing alternative investment products distributed in the US and internationally across retail, institutional and high net worth clients. Michael’s 25+ years of experience includes legal practice for major U.S. law firms (Faegre Drinker Biddle and Richards Layton & Finger) and other diversified financial services companies (Northern Trust and The Hartford).
Michael is a CFA Charterholder and former U.S. Army Lieutenant. He earned a BA (English) from Dartmouth, a JD (Law) from William & Mary, an LLM (Taxation) from Villanova, and an MBA (Finance) from Wharton. Michael has a lifelong interest in arts and education, previously serving as a Director of a Community Arts Foundation that founded and operated an arts-based Charter School, as well as recently developing and leading a multi-part training program for corporate employees to foster diversity and inclusion through the lens of art. Current initiatives include serving as a Director of Joy2Learn, a non-profit organization promoting the use of the arts in K-12 education, and advising education technology start-ups.