With a background at the intersection of education and entrepreneurship and a PhD in educational psychology, Michael is energized to support people exploring ways of learning that better-align with their needs, values, and aspirations. Prior to joining the VELA team, Michael was the Strategic Partnerships Manager for Western Governors University (WGU). Prior to WGU, he served as the strategy and business development advisor for Take Action Global, an international nonprofit dedicated to environmental justice through climate education and action. In this role, he served as a research consultant and subject matter expert in entrepreneurial mindset for the Department of Basic Education of the Republic of South Africa.
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