About Mike's Work

Mike helps people and institutions navigate place, time and culture to achieve sustainable, just, and equitable outcomes. His experience includes extensive work and research about effective engagement between agencies and communities, building trusting relationships and long-term successes. He is an established thought leader on how water policy and planning can be opened to members of overburdened communities to yield empowerment and justice. With over 19 years of experience in watershed management and planning, and as a social scientist, he enhances the effectiveness of community-engaged, multi-party planning and implementation efforts. Mike holds an appointment as visiting scholar at the UC Irvine Department of Anthropology, and is a steering committee co-chair of the California Water Data Consortium. As a researcher and a practitioner Mike has developed specialized expertise in conducting listening sessions and translating the summaries of those conversations into policy and outlining needed action.