Michael is the New Mexico Outreach Representative for Defenders’ national outreach team. He works across the state with a range of organizations and media outlets to increase public support and awareness for wildlife conservation and endangered species. Before joining Defenders, he worked for the Montana Wilderness Association and as field director on a ballot measure in North Dakota to dedicate existing oil tax revenue to conservation.
Michael also worked at the Grand Canyon and in Yellowstone National Park as a tour guide. He earned a Masters degree in environmental history from the University of Montana where his thesis focused on the attempt to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana and Idaho. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University.