Associate Vice President, has been with SSC since 2011 and brings more than 30 years of experience in public education policy and finance. At SSC, Michael is responsible for all levels of governmental advocacy, including working with members and staff in the Legislature, the Governor’s office, and state and federal agencies on education issues important to SSC clients. He is also a recognized expert in school finance and school finance reform, basic aid financing, and Proposition 98.
Prior to joining SSC, Michael’s background includes serving as Deputy Director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) where he was responsible for state and federal advocacy, and as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Education Committee where he managed a staff of legislative consultants in support of the policy committee. Michael also staffed the Joint Committee to Develop a Master Plan for Education, and was Interim Undersecretary of Education and Assistant Secretary for Fiscal Policy under former Governor Gray Davis.
Michael served as Director of Expenditure Forecasting for the Commission on State Finance, a distinction that he shares with his colleague, Robert Miyashiro. Working with a small staff, Michael was responsible for developing near-term and long-term projections of caseload and costs for the state’s major General Fund programs, including Proposition 98, Medi-Cal, corrections, and higher education.
Michael received his postsecondary education in Psychology at the University of California, Davis.