Michael received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he taught organizational behavior in the business school. He was a management consultant for 10 years to Fortune 500 companies like Hewlett-Packard, Memorex, Fireman’s Fund, Transamerica, Pacific Bell, and American Express. He left consulting to become an environmental activist and helped lead several campaigns to improve the environmental practices of major corporations like Mitsubishi, Home Depot, and Walmart. Michael also coordinated the International Tar Sands Oil Campaign involving over 100 groups working in the US, Europe and Canada. He is now the Director of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign, which seeks to accelerate the United States’ transition to a clean and sustainable transportation future.