ORG Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council Title BIO Michael serves as president and chief executive officer, a position he''s held since 2002, of PESC - the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based, umbrella association established in 1997 at the National Center for Higher Education and located in Washington, D.C., of colleges and universities; college and university systems; professional and commercial organizations; data, software and service providers; non-profit organizations and associations; and state and federal government agencies. He promotes the organization and its mission which is to enable cost-effective connectivity between data systems to accelerate performance and service, to simplify data access and research, and to improve data quality along the higher education lifecycle. PESC envisions national and international interoperability, that is a trustworthy, inter-connected environment built by and between communities of interest in which data flows seamlessly from one system to another and throughout the entire eco-system when and where needed without compatibility barriers but in a safe, secure, reliable, and efficient manner. Michael also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Authentication Partnership (EAP) from 2006-2007, a non-profit membership association comprised of a wide range of stakeholders, including Federal government agencies, state governments, private sector companies and organizations, public interest groups and trade groups that provided organizations with a trusted means of relying on digital credentials issued by a variety of e-authentication systems. He testified before the congressionally mandated Advisory Committee for Student Financial Assistance in 2007, and has served as a featured speaker at a number of national postsecondary conferences, including AACRAO, CBA, Citizens Bank, Datatel, Educause, EFC, FSA, JA-SIG, Key Bank, NASFAA, NCES, NCHELP, Oracle OpenWorld, SHEEO, SunGard Summit, among many others. Prior to PESC, Michael worked 10 years at American Student Assistance as Director of Program Relations and Planning managing industry and government affairs and strategic technological initiatives. He started his career at The Boston Five Cents Savings Bank, a local Boston bank, in retail consumer lending and compliance. Michael is a graduate of Dartmouth College and was born and raised in Revere Massachusetts, just north of Boston. He currently resides in Washington DC where PESC is headquartered.