Michael Kaufmann is the Vice President of Civic Investment at Health & Hospital Corporation, supporting art and design, ecology, and equitable livability initiatives for Eskenazi Health. He recently served as the Connect Indy project manager as part of Plan 2020 (Indianapolis Bicentennial Plan), and developed a cultural economies strategy for the Central Indiana Community Foundation and Indy Chamber. Michael is also founder and owner of MERU, a management and consulting company.
Michael has worked as a film archivist for the New York Public Library, a project manager for Indiana Humanities, and worked for over a decade as label manager for Asthmatic Kitty Records. Michael serves on the boards of Indianapolis Parks Foundation, IUPUI Board of Advisors, the Economic Club of Indiana, and he staffs the Mayor's Cultural Investment Advisory Committee. He is the outgoing co-chair of Local Initiatives Support Corporation's Great Places 2020 steering committee and has served on the boards of ArtMix, No Mean City, Indy Food Council, Butler University's Center for Urban Ecology, Indiana Recycling Coalition, Indiana Sports Corp President's Council, Latino Youth Collective, IndyHub, IUPUI's Center for Urban Health, Indianapolis Museum of Art's Contemporary Arts Society, Spirit and Place, and the Reconnecting to Our Waterways Initiative.
He is a recipient of Indianapolis Business Journal's Forty Under 40 and was part of class XXXVII of Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series. He is a member of the 2014 Next City's Vanguard, which recognizes the best and the brightest of young urban leaders.
Michael graduated magna cum laude from Bucknell University with a degree in art theory. He did his graduate work at San Jose State University where he graduated summa cum laude with a masters in library and information science and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in American Studies through IUPUI.