First Nations Development Institute
First Nations Development Institute invests in and creates innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. First Nations improves economic conditions for Native Americans through technical assistance & training, advocacy & policy, and direct financial grants. As president, Michael is responsible for First Nations' overall vision, coordination and communication of programmatic, administrative, and grantmaking strategies. He also sits on the board of directors.
Before returning to First Nations in 2002, Michael spent five years in private equity; most recently he operated his own consulting firm, Camus Consulting, where he provided private equity investment advice to high-worth angel investors.
His private equity experience includes providing due diligence, financial analysis, strategic planning, and investment recommendations to the Principals and Investment Directors of Meritage Private Equity Fund, a telecommunications-focused, private equity firm with $340 million under management. Previously, Michael spent the two years of his fellowship with Kansas City Equity Partners (KCEP), with an emphasis in early-stage investing in information technology and specialty retail, as well as later-stage investing in manufacturing.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Michael has an MBA from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in architecture from the University of Colorado.
Michael served his fellowship at Kansas City Equity Partners under mentor Bill Reisler as a member of Fellows Class 3.