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 Porgoram & 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.
Prior to joining Columbia, Michael worked as a Car Free Day Coordinator and Participatory Budgeting Coordinator for NYC Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez. Additionally, he served as Council Member Rodriguez’s Education & Environmental Policy Intern, and as Communications Intern for the New York League of Conservation Voters. During his time as a student at The New School, he was part of a team of Research Assistants that helped in promoting the culture and awareness around sustainability while working with the Tishman Environment and Design Center.
Michael holds a BS in Evolutionary Anthropology from Rutgers University, and an MS in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from The New School. He is currently working on his Executive MPA within Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.