In 2019, Michael retired from Oregon Solutions (Project Manager) at Portland State University, where he worked with regional leaders to identify community priorities for consideration for designation by the governor, and managed and facilitated collaborative processes to complete projects. Michael was appointed by Mayor Vera Katz as the first ombudsman for the City of Portland in 1993. Before that, he was ombudsman for Anchorage, Alaska. An ombudsman is an independent position established to investigate complaints from the public about government actions; and, recommend improvements to the provision of public services. He had also served as dispute resolution coordinator for natural resource agencies under the Oregon Dispute Resolution Commission. Michael worked and lived in North Bonneville, Washington for seven years, serving as a community planner during the relocation resulting from the Second Powerhouse. He was elected to the city council before moving to Alaska. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He served twice as President of the United States Ombudsman Association, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution before it merged with the Association of Conflict Resolution. Michael has served on the board of directors of several regional organizations and volunteers for others. He works on family business interests in the upper Hood River Valley and manages the Mt. Adams Flagstone Quarry in Yakima County, WA.