Raised in the Valley Station neighborhood, Michael is a life-long resident of Louisville. Michael attended Holy Cross High School, and with his passion for art, he attended the University of Louisville's Fine Arts program.
Michael was raised in a union family. His father, Joseph, was a 40 year member of the American Postal Workers Union and taught him early on about the importance of organized labor.
Michael has been active in his local community for the majority of his life volunteering at the Sun Valley Community Center, serving on the Southwest Festival Committee, and being active in local politics volunteering for numerous campaigns, as well as, serving as a Legislative District Chair on the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
Michael began his working career in restaurants while in college, working his way up to General Manager for Yum! Brands. In 2011, he was asked to serve as Regional Coordinator for the Southwest members of the Louisville Metro Council and in 2012 appointed as chief Legislative Assistant to District 14 Councilwoman Cindi Fowler.
In 2017, Michael returned to the private sector as a Bank Officer and Branch Manager for one of the largest banks in the country, successfully managing a multi-million dollar financial portfolio, and also works as a freelance graphics designer.