Mike is an enthusiastic proponent of inclusive, participatory planning processes and brings expertise in community engagement and facilitation, strategic planning, climate vulnerability assessments, and climate action planning. Since joining Cascadia, Mike has worked on multiple projects, which include leading the Kitsap Climate Resiliency Assessment, conducting a climate vulnerability assessment for the City of Pleasanton, developing a protocol to institutionalize climate change considerations in recovery planning for the Puget Sound Partnership, supporting community engagement for the City of San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan, coordinating the Washington Coastal Marine Advisory Council’s economic resilience workgroup, and leading a climate change and health plan for the Tulalip Tribes, among many others. Before joining Cascadia, Mike worked as the climate adaptation specialist for the Makah Tribe for five years, where he led the Tribe’s climate resiliency and preparedness work.
In addition to his work at Cascadia, Mike has contributed to many regional and national discussions around climate resilience and environmental equity. He recently served on the Community Engagement subcommittee of the Washington State’s Environmental Justice Task Force, is currently on the Equity & Justice Working Group for the National Adaptation Forum, is an active participant with the Rising Voices network – an intercultural effort that bridges Western and Indigenous knowledge systems for climate resilience, and has co-authored multiple articles and reports on climate impacts and resilience, including the Northwest chapter of the 4th National Climate Assessment.
Mike holds a Master of Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University. When not working, he loves spending time with his two dogs, making food with his Dutch oven and wok, swimming laps at the local pool, making his own hard cider and limoncello, and learning how to sail.