Michael is pursuing his joint Master’s in Public Policy and Master’s in Business Administration at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, class of 2013. A native of Phoenix and the oldest of five children, Michael graduated in 2009 from Arizona State University, obtaining a B.S. in Economics, Honors.
After graduation, he worked in Real Estate Investment Banking at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York. During summer 2011, Michael worked as a graduate intern for the White House Initiative on Education Excellence for Hispanics. Since 2007, Michael has been involved with the Be a Leader Foundation (BALF), as a scholar and mentor and the Co-Chair of the BALF Intern and Graduate Council.
Currently, Micahel is a Dubin Fellow through the Center for Public Leadership at HKS and is involved in several organizations at Harvard, including the Leadership Institute at Harvard College, the Hispanic/Latino Caucus at HKS, the Harvard Journal for Hispanic Policy, the Latino Students Organization at HBS and the Harvard Latino Student Alliance, of which he is co-founder and President. In addition, Michael has been involved academically, serving as the Fall 2012 Head Teaching Fellow for Professor Roger Porter’s “The American Presidency” course jointly offered at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard College. After graduation, Michael plans to return to Bank of America Merrill Lynch as an Associate in New York and stay highly involved in his community activities.