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About Michael

Southern Arizona Director
FOR LOCAL FIRST ARIZONA

Mike is a dedicated localist and loves working on creative community partnership efforts while spending time at some of his favorite businesses. Mike enjoys Loft Cinema, Rialto Theatre, and any local record stores including PDQ Records, Wooden Tooth, and Zia.

Hometown: Tucson, Arizona

What I love about Arizona: 
I love its authenticity, independence, and natural beauty.

Education/Training:
Bachelors of Arts in Government and Leadership from Claremont McKenna
Masters in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University

Favorite Movies:
Down By Law, Nashville, Taxi Driver, Crazy Heart, Midnight Special, Searching for Sugar Man

Passions:
Music, film, and sustainability. 

Proudest Moment:
Finding the opportunities with my wife Cassie to move back to my hometown in 2013 after over a decade going to school and living in California.

Favorite quote:
"Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat...." — Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man