Mike is CEO of Chiefs for Change. Previously, he co-founded and was CEO of Rhode Island Mayoral Academies (RIMA). As CEO of RIMA, he built a statewide network of regional, diverse-by-design public charter schools while successfully advocating for sweeping changes to state education policy. Before starting RIMA, for a dozen years, Mike taught American literature and philosophy at Haverford College, Wheaton College, and the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2004, his book, Emancipating Pragmatism, won the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American Studies. He is a 2013 Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, a Pahara Fellowship moderator, and a moderator in the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Mike holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in political science and English from the College of the Holy Cross.