Michael is a Partner leading Strategy, Partnerships, and Products at Next Street. In his role, Michael is responsible for implementing all aspects of the firm’s strategy, building partnerships and products that can support small businesses at scale, and driving business development and marketing efforts. He joined the firm in 2014 as a Senior Analyst. Since then he has delivered over 75 client engagements, identified the opportunity for and helped build Next Street’s Chicago office, and supported the launch of a new business line. In 2018 alone, Michael developed strategies for financial institutions who deployed $1.3B to small businesses and an additional $600M to community facilities in low-income neighborhoods.
Prior to Next Street, Michael worked as a management consultant in IBM’s Smarter Commerce Practice, supported interest rate swap products for JP Morgan Chase, and led several microfinance initiatives in developing markets. Michael has a BS in Finance from Lehigh University and is an MBA Candidate at The Wharton School.
On working at Next Street
“I remember working around the clock stocking shelves in my dad’s athletic footwear store in Newark, NJ when the Air Jordan was first released. The sales of that shoe altered my life trajectory and shaped my passion for economic opportunity. At Next Street, I get to work every day towards building an inclusive economic system that ensures all people have access to the same opportunity I had.”
Outside of Next Street
In his spare time, Michael enjoys cycling and hiking, reading business, history and psychology books, and volunteering for local political campaigns. He is also in the process of getting his Executive MBA at Wharton.