Coordinator for the VT State Data Center and CRS Research Project Specialist

What type of work do you typically do for CRS?

Like most of us at CRS, I wear more than one hat.  As coordinator for the Vermont State Data Center, I engage in efforts to ensure that all Vermonters have ready access to
the data and information resources necessary to ensure accurate and informed decision-making.  As a research specialist I help organizations answer questions that inform planning, policy-making and action.

What are some of your favorite past projects that you've worked on? Why?

I particularly enjoy working with organizations seeking to directly improve the condition of Vermonters.  I am grateful to have had many opportunities to assist in this type of work.

What else would you like people to know about you professionally?

I am particularly interested in finding ways to enhance Vermont's rural economy.  We face unique geographic and population challenges though I believe these challenges encourage unique solutions.  Developing and testing these solutions are of great interest to me.

What is your favorite thing about Vermont?

There are so many things I like, including our working landscapes, villages, emphasis on quality of life, excellent sense of community and accessibility to government.  And I particularly enjoy the incredible Vermonters who work hard to enhance and preserve what makes it so special here.

Michael smiling in 2023 at a U.N. Habitat Program meeting in the Netherlands

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Community Development


Population Indicators


Census Bureau Data

Happiness and Well-being Indicators


  • M.S. University of VT- Community Development
  • B.S. University of VT- Applied Economics


  • 802.656.0864
Office Location:

Morrill Hall