Michael has more than 30 years experience in new venture creation, and has long been a progressive thinker in the field of sustainability, corporate responsibility and local economic development. He has a deep understanding of general corporate law, corporate securities law, banking and tax law and more.
More recently he has pursued social entrepreneurial efforts, principally through Commonwealth Group. Over the past five years, he has applied his experience by advancing concepts directed at programs with a public benefit, primarily community economic development. Along with Vari MacNeil in 2008, Michael founded the Commonwealth Group, a think tank focused on local economic development and support for Main Street businesses, particularly around capital formation and credit. That led to extensive involvement in the banking and corporate securities spaces, where Michael and his team developed a number of game changing strategies to unleash funding for Main Street business, including a new model of community banking owned by the public rather than private shareholders, and a new way to regulate capital formation for small businesses. To learn more about Michael please click here.