Michael is the main point of contact for WineAmerica, Congress and the Executive Branch. Along with the organization’s government affairs team, Michael works to make sure the interests of WineAmerica’s members and the American wine industry are well served in the nation’s capitol. This includes working with the various state and regional winery associations and WineAmerica’s grassroots network, as well as their other alcohol commodity partners in Washington, D.C. Michael also manages all external communications for WineAmerica. This includes press outreach and membership communication. Michael also actively recruits new membership for WineAmerica while getting the association’s message out to the masses.
Michael is a regular fixture at industry trade shows and conferences throughout the country. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, Wines and Vines and Wine Spectator. He is a board member of Free the Grapes. Prior to joining WineAmerica in 2006, Michael provided research and logistical support to two DC based lobbying firms. He also handled compliance issues with a major political party. Michael earned his B.A. in American Studies and Political Science from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ and M.A. in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC.