Michael was raised in the Valley Station neighborhood of Louisville and is a life-long resident of Kentucky. Raised in a union family, Michael's father was a 40-year member of the American Postal Workers Union, and taught him early on about the importance of organized labor. Michael went to Holy Cross High School in Louisville, and with his passion for art, attended the University of Louisville's Fine Arts program.
Michael's significant experience in his community, government, and the private sector has prepared him to lead Kentucky into the future with common sense solutions to our most pressing issues.
Michael's work within his community includes volunteering at the Sun Valley Community Center, serving on the Southwest Festival Committee, as a board member of the Parks Alliance of Louisville, and as Legislative District Chair on the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.
Michael began his 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, and ultimately Budget Advisor to Council President David James.
In 2017, Michael returned to the private sector as a Bank Officer and Branch Manager for one of the largest banks in the country, gaining the professional training and breadth of experience necessary to successfully manage a multi-million dollar financial portfolio.
Michael sought and won the Democratic nomination for State Treasurer in 2019, making history as the first openly LGBTQ person to ever win a major party nomination for a state constitutional office in Kentucky's history.
In 2020, Governor Andy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jaqueline Coleman appointed Michael to serve in the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet as Special Assistant to the Lt. Governor/Secretary and Administrator of the Work Ready Skills Initiative and the Kentucky Statewide Reserve Fund to help develop the next generation of Kentucky's workforce by providing the resources to teach and train our workers across the Commonwealth.