Michael Shelter

Michael Shelter is the Assistant Director of Research Initiatives responsible for running internal seed funding programs that catalyze high-risk reserach collaborations, and who will project manage interdisciplinary teams towards successful federal grant proposals.

Prior to joining the Columbia Climate School in 2022, Michael worked as the Administrative Manager and Program & Operations Coordinator within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research where he was tasked with variety of responsibilities including human resource operations, office management, event planning and support, and providing assistance on large federal funding grants and site visits.

Before Columbia, Michael worked as a Car Free Day Coordinator and Participatory Budgeting Coordinator for NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. During his time as a student at The New School, he was part of a team of Research Assistants with promoting the culture and awareness around sustainability.


MPA in Urban and Social Policy, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (anticipated May 2022)

MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management, The Schools of Public Engagement, The New School

BS in Evolutionary Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University