Michael is currently serving as the Director of the Center for State & Local Leadership at the Manhattan Institute, one of the nation’s preeminent policy research centers dedicated to developing and disseminating new ideas that foster greater economic choice and individual responsibility. He recently ran as the endorsed Republican candidate for the United States Congress in New York’s 13th District, with a platform informed by his own professional experiences and a heavy emphasis on practical, non-partisan solutions.
Previously Michael served as Senior Advisor for US Policy at The Climate Group, advising former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, managing relationships with dozens of city and state governments around the world, and developing comprehensive partnerships between Fortune 500 companies and governments towards sensible renewable energy development. Prior to this role, he served as a Director at the Partnership for New York City, one of the nation’s leading business coalitions.
Before working in public policy, Michael was a professional consultant with a wide range of clients including the 2005 NYC Mayoral campaign of Michael Bloomberg, the 2004 Republican National Convention, the World Economic Forum, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, and the Presidential Forum on Renewable Energy. Michael understands the needs of both business and government. His experience in the private sector began on Wall Street at UBS PaineWebber; however it has been through his family’s small business, Bayside Fuel Oil Depot Corp, that he has learned the most about the realities of business in America.
Michael’s commitment to his community is deep, having served as a Vice Chairman of the Kings County Republican Party, a volunteer educator at the Suffolk County House of Corrections in Boston, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Guild for Exceptional Children. In 2009, he was inducted into the British American Project as a fellow and in 2008 he was chosen to serve on the NYS Republican Strategic Planning Commission. In 2011 he was appointed by the New York State Senate to sit on the Hudson River Park Advisory Council. He holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, a BA in History from Boston College and a Diploma in International Relations from Sciences-Po in France. Michael is married to Paula Jobson Allegretti and currently resides in New York City.