Christopher Michael, Esq. is completing a JD/PhD in political science at the City University of New York with a focus on cooperative finance, community economic development, and labor law. Chris is General Counsel of The ICA Group, a national business consulting firm that has been helping worker cooperatives and social enterprises grow and succeed since 1977. He is also Executive Director of the New York City Worker Cooperative Business Association; a Fellow in the Community & Economic Development Clinic at CUNY Law School; and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of Business.

After undergraduate at Columbia University, Chris worked demolition in the South Bronx, Brownsville, and Harlem; and later served for two years as a Carpenter’s Apprentice at a private renovation/construction firm. He moved to Berlin for three years, where he worked in catering, independent film, advertising, and translation. Returning to New York, he drove yellow cab for two years.

Chris is married, an enthusiast of the Chinatown YMCA, and continues to love New York pizza.


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