Mike Montgomery

Executive Director of CALinnovates

Mike Montgomery is the Executive Director of CALinnovates. Mike is a veteran strategist with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels. Throughout his career, Mike has worked on technology, political, fundraising, public policy and new media issues in both the public and private sectors. Mike’s work in California began on Governor Gray Davis’s campaign, where he served as the Northern California Finance Director. In this capacity, Mike directed all fundraising efforts throughout the Northern California territory, working as the Governor’s principal campaign advisor in the region. Following the Governor’s campaign, Mike became the National Finance Director for Newsom for Mayor, where he built San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s nationwide fundraising network with bases in Los Angeles, New York, and cities throughout the country. In addition to his background in politics, Mike has extensive experience crafting solutions to regulatory, political and legal challenges in the private sector as the principal of The Montlake Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting firm. Mike is a sought-after voice on technology and innovation issues, and is a contributor to both Forbes and Huffington Post and has been published in a wide variety of print and online outlets. Mike graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in economics.