Background & Experience Issues



My present work as an Environmental Lobbyist follows education and work in several positions. Through a variety of employment and volunteer work I have built a record of management, knowledge, and leadership that will allow me to work effectively with the public, with the Board, and with other elected officials toward implementing the several policy proposals I have put forth.

I was raised in Newhall, Iowa (Benton County). My father worked as a large animal veterinarian and my mother was an elementary school teacher. I have four brothers and four sisters in a fifth generation Iowa family.

My family moved to Johnson County in 1976. I worked at A&A Coins & Collectables, my family’s coin, stamp, and antiques business during high school and college. I graduated from Regina High School in 1979 and then the University of Iowa in Business Administration.

After school, I worked in radio, music, and publicity. In the 1990s, I discovered a passion for environmental causes and began volunteer work to address climate change. That led to establishing Green State Solutions, my environmental advocacy and consulting firm. I have lobbied state and national environmental organizations to implement better environmental and energy policy in both Iowa and the nation through outreach, organizing, and policy advocacy.
After 15 years as an Environmental Lobbyist, I now want to bring my talents to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to address our local issues from a sustainable perspective—environmentally, economically, and with social justice.

More about Mike:
Earned rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Earned the Certificate of Non-Profit Management from Iowa State University, 2010
Englert Theater, Benefit Director for Save The Englert campaign, 2000-2004
Jaycees, Member of Executive Board, 1997-2001
Citizens for Public Power, Campaign Manager 2005
Sierra Club, Former Chair of Iowa City Area Group; Currently State Executive Committee and National Nuclear Free Campaign Steering Committee
I-RENEW, Former Executive Director and Board Member
Johnson County Democrats, Past Chair, First Vice-Chair, and long-time Central Committee member.
Obama for America, 2012 Co-Chair of the Iowa Energy & Environment Committee
Iowa Wind Energy Association, Board of Directors and Chair of Small & Community Wind Committee
Iowa Farm Bureau, Long-time member
Iowa Farmers Union, Former member of Board of Directors and Long-time member
Friends of the Earth, Iowa Campaign Coordinator of opposition to a new nuclear power plant in Iowa.
Johnson County, Helped write and pass the Johnson County Wind Turbine Ordinances.