“I decided to get involved with SWAG for two reasons,” says Michael. “First, I was very impressed with the level of commitment that SWAG’s staff and mentors bring to their work and the impact that SWAG has already had in the lives of its mentees. I really wanted to be a part of such a dynamic and passionate group of leaders.” Michael recognizes the role mentoring played in his life, saying that he depended on mentors in finding his own success. “Joining SWAG would enable me to connect others to the benefits of a good mentor.”
While working with SWAG, Michael hopes to “expand the Young Professional program nationwide and build partnerships with organizations that will sustain the program for the long term.” Michael says that organizations he has already reached out to are eager to work with SWAG in the future.
Michael grew up in Oregon and attended Oregon State University Honors College, earning degrees in biology and philosophy. At OSU, Michael worked at the Center for Civic Engagement connecting students to community service opportunities. The first in his family to attend professional school, Michael is currently a student at Harvard Law School. He currently works on the Harvard Latino Law Review, Harvard Law and Policy Review, and the Mississippi Delta Project. Before attending law school, Michael lived in Washington, D.C. and worked for two members of Congress from his home state.