Director of Community Engagement
Michael is a 4th generation Ithacan and lifelong local enthusiast. His family immigrated to Ithaca from Italy in the early 1900’s and started several local businesses, including an Italian bakery, which we know today as the Ithaca Bakery. After 18 years in Ithaca, Michael studied business and marketing in both Vermont and California, leading to 15+ years in marketing and business development in the healthcare technology market. Michael moved his family back to Ithaca in 2009 so his wife and two daughters could experience the quality of life in this vibrant community. Michael is the co-founder of a youth entrepreneurship program, YEM, designed to help local youth discover their power to create. He is also the co-founder of the Ithaca Reggae Fest, dedicated to the protection of Cayuga Lake. Michael’s passion for life and community led him to New Roots, and he’s excited to help expand the conversation about this dynamic school community.