Michael is an inveterate cultural conservationist with a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell. His preservation experience includes historic district surveys; National Register nominations; exhibits about the history of Chicago architecture; and producing the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s famous walking and bus tours. In Seattle, he has served as the director of The Children’s Museum, the Museum of History & Industry, and Northwest Folklife. Michael led the city’s 100th anniversary celebration of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition. In all of these roles, Michael has led fund development campaigns including the elimination of Northwest Folklife’s $500,000 debt and raising the $3.5 million to build the Children’s Museum at Seattle Center. He is the President of the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority and an active velocipedist. As the grandfather of Theodore and Clotilde, he champions efforts to create level playing fields in society regardless of gender, ethnicity or economic condition.