Christopher Michael, Esq. is completing a JD/PhD in political science at the City University of New York with a focus on cooperative financial structures, community economic development, and labor law. Chris is General Counsel of The ICA Group, a national not-for-profit consultancy whose mission over the last 35 years has been to promote human and economic development through the creation of employee-owned businesses. He is also Executive Director of the New York City Worker Cooperative Business Association; an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at CUNY Baruch College Zicklin School of Business; and an Adjunct Professor in the Community & Economic Development Clinic at CUNY Law School.

Chris has ten years of experience in a variety of fields. After undergraduate at Columbia University, he worked demolition in the South Bronx, Brownsville, and Harlem; and then advanced to the position of 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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