Mike is Director of the Center for Public Theology and a Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary in the nation’s capital.
He has nearly four decades of experience in Washington. Mike served in the White House as Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995 –1998). He also served as Spokesman for the U.S. Department of State (1993 – 1995) and Director of Communications for the Democratic National Committee (1988 – 1990). He held a variety of leadership roles in national campaigns for the Democratic ticket from 1984 to 2004 and worked as a Press Secretary in the United States Senate from 1976 to 1983, serving Senators Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-NJ) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY).
In 2000, Mike joined the Board of Governors of the Wesley Theological Seminary and served two terms while also completing a graduate degree. He is a lay leader in his local church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland.
Mike serves on numerous boards or advisory councils including Share Our Strength, the Children’s Scholarship Fund, the White House Historical Association and the Global Health Initiative of the United Methodist Church. He is a member and former co-chair of the Commission on Presidential Debates, which organizes the fall general election debates between the major candidates for president and vice president of the United States.
Mike is also of counsel at the Washington, D.C. public affairs and communications consulting firm Public Strategies Washington, Inc. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1976 and a M.A. in liberal studies from Georgetown University in 1985, in addition to his M.A. degree from Wesley Seminary, which he received in 2013.