Vice President – Innovation
Michael joined the Endowment in September 2013 to lead their efforts in innovation and technology. Currently, his projects include taking cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab to the market, advancing mass timber construction, and bringing together partners in the public and private sectors to accelerate the development of new uses of forest materials. His efforts in this space are gaining public awareness, including securing a spot on the TEDx stage to discuss the opportunities that new forest technologies present.
Before joining the Endowment, Michael was Executive Vice President and CEO of the Society of American Foresters (SAF). He has also served as Chair of the External Review Panel of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Vice President of the Communities Committee, and Chair, Binational ANSI Process on Carbon and Forest Accounting Standards. He graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management and a Master of Science degree in Forest Resource Policy and Management.
Michael is a recipient of the National Association of State Foresters Award for Outstanding Service in Forest Public Policy, SAF’s Young Forester Leadership Award, and SAF’s President’s Leadership Award. Michael and his wife Mila have two children, Maria and Michael Anthony. His interests outside forest and family include competing in triathlons and cooking for friends and family.