Michael has over 25 years’ experience helping to run education, technology and finance companies. Michael has been CEO of NYC FIRST since July 2016, responsible for setting strategic direction and ensuring execution towards that vision. Prior to NYC FIRST, Michael co-founded i2 Learning, which runs STEM education immersion programs for middle schools. Before i2, he ran strategy at Systar SA, an enterprise performance management software company, which was sold to Axway in 2014. For the 20 years prior to Systar, he served in leadership positions at several technology and finance companies. Michael serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Academy of Sciences, and on the Board of Directors of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College Foundation. He has a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College and proudly coaches his first grade daughter’s FIRST LEGO League Jr. team.