Michael Shelter

Michael Shelter is the Assistant Director of Research Programs in the Climate School's Office of Research, within which he is responsible for building University-wide collaboratives for climate, environmental, geoscientific, and socioeconomic research, including administering an internal seed funding program to catalyze high-risk, transdisciplinary, and innovative research projects, and project managing interdisciplinary research teams in federal grant proposal submissions. Additionally, he is tasked with planning and executing large events, symposia, and conferences as they relate to CCS' mission and priorities. Michael holds an MPA in Urban & Social Policy, an MS in Environmental Policy, and a BA in Evolutionary Anthropology.

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
  • 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