Michael is a transport and urban development specialist who focuses on shaping the built environment to improve economic and social conditions for people in cities around the world. He has worked with multiple levels of government in dozens of cities and countries, partnering with local and international NGOs, research centers, foundations and development banks to accelerate the implementation of sustainable transport. He is known for strategic visioning and successfully bringing together programs that span diverse teams, stakeholders, geographic areas, and time zones.
Michael first joined ITDP in Hamburg, Germany, as part of the European program. He now leads all ITDP programmatic activities in the United States, is the creator and head of the MOBILIZE program—a transport leadership platform that convenes innovative doers and thinkers from across the globe—and chair’s the Sustainable Transport Award committee. He led an international team in a USAID parking reform project in Kiev, Ukraine, and the Our Cities Ourselves urban visioning program on transit-oriented development and active transport in India, Brazil, and Mexico.
Michael has a master’s in urban planning from New York University and a bachelor’s from Cornell University.