Michael Maisel is the Policy & Communications Associate at <a href="http://www.engagecuba.org" rel="nofollow">Engage Cuba</a>. Previously, he worked at The Huffington Post Media Group, where he oversaw the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/90-miles/" rel="nofollow">“90 Miles” op-ed series</a> about U.S.-Cuba relations. Also at Huffington Post, he was part of Arianna Huffington’s executive team, managing Ms. Huffington’s international engagements and contributing to her social media accounts. Additionally, Michael wrote for <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/theworldpost/" rel="nofollow">The WorldPost</a> about topics ranging from the 2014 summer conflict in Gaza to the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine. <br> <br> Prior to working at Huffington Post, Michael held several prestigious internships, such as his time at the White House, Fulbright, and the Council on Foreign Relations. <br> <br> An NYU valedictorian, Michael studied international relations and wrote his senior thesis on U.S. policy toward Cuba, which was <a href="http://static.squarespace.com/static/54271abbe4b001c7872b263b/t/54af243ee4b06fead2682687/1420764222492/Final+FALL+2014+Journal.pdf" rel="nofollow">published</a> in the Journal of Politics and International Affairs. He has been featured as an accomplished graduate in NYU newsletters and admissions videos. During his undergraduate studies, he <a href="http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000257520" rel="nofollow">provided on-air commentary</a> for The Kudlow Report’s “Youth Summit” series on CNBC.