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Michael Skolnik

Co-Founder, Partner of The Soze Agency
Michael Skolnik was recently profiled in the New York Times and identified as "the man you go to if you want to leverage the power of celebrity and the reach of digital media to soften the ground for social change."

Michael is a partner and co-founder of The Soze Agency, a creative agency that works with companies, nonprofit organizations, and movements to create campaigns that uplift compassion, authenticity, and equity. The Soze Agency is a worker-owned cooperative.

Earlier in his career, Michael served as president of Global Grind, a media company focused on a millennial audience. Prior to that, he spent over a decade as an award-winning film director and producer.

Michael serves on the Board of Directors for Rock The Vote, The Trayvon Martin Foundation, Policy Link, The Gathering For Justice, and The Young Partners Board of The Public Theater.

Michael Skolnik is the proud father to Mateo Ali.