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Growing up in Bermuda, Michael’s passion for social justice was initially inspired by his father’s lifelong example of service, commitment, and engagement, both locally, as a surgeon and Member of Parliament there, as well as globally, through the international nonprofit organization he co-founded to save lives and improve health outcomes for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Having worked in the motion picture business for most of his professional life, Michael now devotes his full-time efforts to philanthropy, advocacy, and activism, with a focus on health, education, and economic opportunities, especially in connection with racial justice, employment, housing, criminal justice, anti-recidivism, and early childhood development. Michael currently serves on the board of the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted Persons and Families Movement (FICPFM), a national network of outstanding civil and human rights organizations led by people with conviction histories and their family members committed to transforming society by transforming the criminal justice system, through advocacy – legislative and judicial - direct organizing, and stakeholder education in the communities where we live and serve. FICPFM envisages a world where we do not use punishment and prisons as answers to economic, political, and social problems. Rather, we strive to develop a world that produces healthy outcomes for everyone.