Christopher Michael is completing a Ph.D. in political science at CUNY Graduate Center with a focus on employee ownership, labor history, and trust law. Chris is director of employee ownership at the Newark Community Economic Development Corporation, the primary economic development agency for the city of Newark, NJ. Previously, he founded the New York City and State business associations for employee-owned firms, and served as policy director and general counsel to the oldest U.S. nonprofit dedicated to employee ownership. He is currently associate faculty at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations and a Louis O. Kelso Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Employee Ownership and Profit Sharing. Chris is admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, District of Columbia, Minnesota, and North Dakota. He earned a B.A. at Columbia University and a J.D. at CUNY Law School.
Chris is responsible for developing the perpetual trust as a new legal mechanism for employee ownership in the United States and has published articles introducing the concept in leading peer-reviewed law journals, including Tax Notes and Probate & Property.