Mike’s work is fueled by a belief that everyone has a capacity for compassion that can shape the world for the better.
Prior to joining Purpose, Mike’s challenge was to bridge people’s diverse beliefs and apply them to positive social change with Interfaith Youth Core. There he created Better Together, a national campaign bringing together everyone from Atheists to Zoroastrians in social action projects to impact their communities, addressing issues from hydrofracking to education access. The Better Together campaign now trains 600 students and campus staff each year from over 100 college campuses. The program is now the foundation of a White House led national initiative and continues to grow in size and quality each semester.
Mike got his start in the compassion-in-action business after completing the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit in India. In the two years that followed, Mike helped start TOMS Shoes, a socially minded business that matches every pair sold with a pair given to a child in need. He recruited, trained, hired, hustled, and learned a lot of things the hard way. Mike’s internship program made Inc. Magazine’s “coolest internships” list, his global awareness day One Day Without Shoes now draws 125,000 participants annually, and between the national campus rep program and the 5-van road tour, he effectively re-created every MTV reality program from the mid-nineties along a grassroots movement for the brand.
Mike honed his ability to craft meaning on paper, radio, and the rugby pitch as an English Lit student at UCLA.
Having lived on three U.S. coasts, Mike is happy to have settled near the greatest city on earth with his wife, their dangerously handsome young son, and their intrepid canine companion.