Activate & Impact your Community
Mike's career started in Air Force where we managed a variety of space and intelligence programs for the DoD and other National Agencies. His career transitioned into management consulting and he received an MBA from UCLA, where he studied finance, sustainability and entrepreneurship. While at UCLA, he became fascinated with the ability of urban design to impact the way people live and connect. He began working with a global urban design firm, Buro Happold. Within their urban consulting group where he focused on economic development and strategies to create more sustainable communities around the world. He quickly saw an opportunity around organizing the human capital that exists in every community. Inspired by the amount of community energy and resources that were under-capitalized because of a lack of management and communication tools available, he joined up with long time friend DeKoven Ashley to co-found thrdPlace. He has also started a successful a real estate investment fund which focused on single family residences and sites on the board of a number of California based non-profits including Compathos Foundation, HashtagLunchBag and Peer Health Exchange. He's a California native and current resident of Los Angeles.