Mike is a managing director at SKDK and has spent close to 20 years working in communications, politics, and campaign management. He specializes in crisis communications, war room operations, and campaign management for large-scale public affairs campaigns, philanthropic organizations, and fortune 500 companies.
Previously, he served as U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s New York communications director and worked for more than a dozen campaigns for public office, including NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Senator Schumer.
Mike has managed some of the most intensive communications campaigns in the country, including working with Mayor Mitch Landrieu on the communications plan around the removal of four confederate monuments in the City of New Orleans; the weeks-long commemoration of Hurricane Katrina in 2015; and the launch of the Anthony Bourdain documentary on food waste, Wasted.
At SKDK, Mike spearheaded the launch of SKDK’s Foundations and Philanthropy practice division, where he has managed the communications program for The Rockefeller Foundation’s resilience portfolio, the launch of its groundbreaking Hamilton: An American Musical education program for Title I schools, and in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the national jobs development grant challenge: the Communities Thrive Challenge.
Additionally, on behalf of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Democracy Fund, he provides communication support for a cohort of grantees in the US democracy building space; provides general communications support for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of their arts, humanities, and culture programs, and helped launch the NoVo Foundation’s $90 million Girls and Young Women of Color Initiative.
He’s a frequent analyst on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, and NY1.