A Chicago native, Mike’s career has taken him from Capitol Hill to City Hall, from work as a Clinton Administration staffer to co-founding a successful news startup. His unique career working as a campaign operative and policy staffer, political journalist and digital media startup owner, has provided him a broad series of relationships with and insight into political media and decision makers.
In 2018 Mike successfully sold The Daily Line, a subscription news startup he co-founded, after founding and managing a series of startups. The still thriving digital publication provides insider political reporting on Chicago City Hall and the Illinois Capitol, and is one of the few successful local, political digital news startups operating anywhere in the nation.
Prior to working in news startups, Mike spent decades working in Chicago, Illinois and national politics. In Chicago he led numerous public affairs efforts for hospitals and national businesses operating in the city, focusing on land use and electoral campaigns. In one instance, he led a team to defeat a local initiative that would have resulted in new property taxes of non-profit healthcare organizations.
As a member of the Clinton Administration, Mike served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy, where all of the agency’s regulatory and legislative policy decisions begin. There, Mike led efforts to create a U.S. Heating Oil Reserve, restructure electricity markets and enact Tier II of the Clean Air Act’s regulations.
Mike earned an M.B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 2003