Michael previously served as Elevatus Foundation’s Executive Director from 2011–2014. He currently serves on MCF's general board. As one of Elevatus Foundation’s founders, his knowledge base in this sector comes from studying social entrepreneurship, non-profit management, and international development in college. He speaks fluent Malagasy and travels to the country frequently.


He first became passionate about helping the Malagasy people while serving a christian mission in Madagascar. Since then, he has worked on many projects to help lift the Malagasy people out of poverty. One such project is Trano Mirary, an affordable housing company in Madagascar, which he founded. Trano Mirary won the Ballard Center for Economic Self Reliance's 2012 Social Venture Competition and Utah Valley's 2013 Social Enterprise of the Year award.