Christopher Michael is completing a JD/PhD in political science at CUNY 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.

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.

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 construction firm. He moved to Berlin for three years, where he worked in independent film, advertising, and translation. Returning to New York, he drove yellow cab for two years. Chris lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.


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