Michael is a Senior Associate in Skeo Solutions’ Collaborative Solutions Group and is a skilled facilitator, mediator, curriculum developer and trainer. He works with clients to develop targeted outreach strategies for productively engaging with stakeholders. He also builds innovative models for collaboration between communities and their better-resourced project partners.
Michael’s vast experience as a mediator and facilitator helps to bring stakeholders with diverse values together to find collaborative solutions to shared problems and tough issues they face. Through an iterative process of facilitated discourse and mutual discovery, Michael helps our clients remain focused on acceptable, productive approaches often in the presence of striking differences. By becoming more comfortable and effective while interacting in the presence of “business-as-usual” cultural and situational differences (e.g. industry/government/grassroots), our clients become better able to manage similar situations on their own.
Michael is an expert in the area of Cultural Competence in both the domestic and international arenas. He is also a recognized, national expert on neighborhood relocation, property value impacts and other real estate related issues that arise based on the proximity of residential neighborhoods to operating industrial facilities and contaminated sites.
Michael is the former Vice-Chair of the Waste and Facility Siting Subcommittee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) and former Vice Chairman of the National Black Environmental Justice Network (NBEJN). Michael has been a visiting faculty member at Georgetown University for their advanced training program for Intercultural trainers; at Colorado State University, Department of Hydrology; at The New York School for Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University; and at Oberlin College, where he delivers the Environmental Justice Lecture twice annually for their Environment and Society series.
Michael has worked on a variety of projects, including: