Mike grew up in Pittsburgh not far from the former industrial centers the city became known for before deindustrialization and gentrification hit and displaced working-class families from their longtime neighborhoods, including close family friends. He’s had a long-held and deep interest in understanding the economic, social, and political forces that shape cities, which has only grown since spending time in New York City and Los Angeles for the last four years.
He is a communications professional who is passionate about sharing the stories of those historically left out of mainstream media accounts. Mike started his journey into social justice and politics by working at a non-profit that opened entryways back into the formal economy for marginalized working-class resident and as an electoral political canvasser.
Fun Fact: Mike used to write in a co-authored column called, “Mike’d Up” which delivered mediocre sports takes to his college campus.