Mike was born and raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, the son of two public servants. His father was in law enforcement, rising to the rank of Captain of Detectives with the Massachusetts State Police. Mike’s mother was a nurse. From them he learned the importance of giving back to the community.
A product of the public schools, Mike witnessed firsthand the value of a large, diverse community and the critical role public education plays in providing opportunity for all. Mike went to Brockton High School and later graduated from Williams College and Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Editor-In-Chief of the Vanderbilt Law Review.
After a stint in the Boston office of an international law firm, Mike left to become a public corruption prosecutor with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Mike’s five years in the AG’s office were among the most fulfilling of his career, as his legal work allowed him to make a difference.
For the past twenty years, Mike has worked in the private sector, first as in-house counsel and later as an attorney in private practice. The focus of his work is on advising businesses. Through this work, Mike has learned what drives growth in the private sector and how jobs are created.
In Milton, Mike has continued to give back to the community, serving as a Town Meeting Member, Warrant Committee Member, Chair of the School Committee, and, for the last three years, Select Board Member. His middle-class roots continue to inform his approach to public policy. His accomplishments over the last three years include:
- Assisted in negotiating a new contract with Comcast that resulted in approximately $1,100,000 in additional payments to benefit the Town and New England’s first dark fiber agreement for institutional broadband;
- Proposed and passed changing the name of the Board of Selectman to the Select Board;
- Proposed and passed the creation of the Youth Task Force, served on it, and negotiated the agreement for Milton’s Youth Center - the Wildcat Den;
- Proposed and passed the creation of the Traffic Mitigation Committee, served on it, and assisted in preparing its report;
- Proposed and passed Milton’s first Pride Month Proclamation;
- Worked with U.S. Congressional representatives, state legislators, and Boston City Councilors to advocate for air traffic relief;
- Provided the Select Board’s first recognition of the Juneteenth holiday;
- Negotiated a new health insurance plan design for Town employees that is expected to save more than $1,100,000;
- Assisted in negotiating with RCN for expanded cable and internet coverage in Milton;
- Drafted and negotiated the agreement for the Neponset Neighbors Together Fund, a cooperative effort of Milton, Mattapan, and Dorchester, with The United Way and Boston City Councilors Andrea Campbell and Ricardo Arroyo, to raise funds for those most in need during the COVID-19 crisis;
- Proposed and passed the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home and Face Covering Advisory;
- Proposed and passed Milton’s Proclamation of a Day of Reflection and Witness for Seeking Equity and Justice for All;
- Proposed and passed creation of the Budget and Financial Planning Advisory Committee;
- Proposed and passed the creation of the Advisory Committee on Equity and Justice for All; and
- Proposed and worked to pass the Community Preservation Act, to help pay for capital projects while exempting low-income residents and low to moderate income seniors.
Mike and his wife Marianne live in Milton with their two daughters, Melina and Alyssa.