Michael is a founding member of the nonprofit organization, Embracing Our Differences and has served as its first and only Executive Director since 2005. He oversees the creation and implementation of all programming and fiscal planning which has grown to one which impacts over 200,000 adults and children annually. He has served as Managing Director of the Sarasota Ballet, Co-Executive Director of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and is a founding member of the Perlman Music Program/Suncoast, Inc. Michael is the co-author of the City of Sarasota Human Rights Ordinance and was instrumental in the creation of its Human Relations Board. Michael is a retired attorney who has served as chair of the City of Sarasota Planning Board and currently serves as chair of the Sarasota County Board of Zoning Appeals.