Over the past nine years in Cleveland, I have engaged in a number of other activities; providing grunt work support for some, leadership input to others and co-founding initiatives where I have seen gaps in community support.

In 2007, I co-founded the Cleveland Design Competition, an international, annual design competition founded as a tool for generating ideas for underutilized sites in Cleveland. Since 2007, five design competitions have been held and more than 450 ideas have been submitted from teams in thirty different countries.

In 2008, I co-found PechaKucha Cleveland by writing a proposal to the events founders in Tokyo, Japan for permission to bring it to Cleveland.  Japanese for “the sound of conversation”, PechaKucha features twelve people who each share ideas and work on topics ranging from visual art to technology to food in an attempt to attract new ideas, inspire the creative community and incite collaborations between the presenters and the audience. Since 2008, seventeen PechaKucha Night events have been held and over 7,000 people have attended.

In 2011, Michael was asked to join the Board of Director for SPACES Art Gallery I currently serve on the Marketing and Building Committees.

In 2011, after the 2011 Design Competition focused on creating a new vision for schools, I was asked to join the Advisory Board of the Campus International School; a Cleveland Metropolitan School District Innovative School. Shortly after joining, I was asked to chair the board. In September of 2012, our advisory board partnered with the Parent Caring Organization on its first fundraiser which raised over $23,000. We are currently in the process of trying to build the school a credible library and raise awareness for the amazing things happening at this very special CMSD School.

I volunteer for each of these organizations because I believe in their mission, am hopeful that my experience can help provide positive support and enjoy the people I work with on these important initiatives.

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