Independent consultant, change leader, and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon, USA. Mike is passionate about transforming museums and non-profits to become more equitable and community-centered. After more than 20 years of work in education and museums, he brings his personal core values of deep listening, collective care, and healing practice into the work that he leads within organizations and communities.
Since 2011, Mike has served as Founding Editor of ArtMuseumTeaching.com, a collaborative online forum for reflecting on critical issues in the field of museums. He is also currently co-producer of #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, a global advocacy campaign aimed at exposing the myth of museum neutrality and calling for equity-based transformation across museums. In 2016, Mike co-founded Super Nature Adventures LLC, a creative design and education project that partners with parks, businesses, and non-profits to design maps and interpretive resources aimed at expanding access and learning in the outdoors and public spaces.
Mike has held positions at the Portland Art Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University in St. Louis. He holds an MA and PhD in Education from American University in Washington, DC, focusing my research on educational theory and interdisciplinary learning in the arts. He has led workshops, projects, and spoken nationally and internationally on the social responsibilities of museums and how museums and cultural organizations can serve as agents of positive change within their own communities.