Michael Kaufmann is the Vice President of Civic Investment at Health & Hospital Corporation, supporting art and design, ecology and equitable livability initiatives for Eskenazi. 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. In addition to his work in Indianapolis he manages artists Son Lux and Hanna Benn. Michael also founded 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 (Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, Helado Negro, etc). Michael serves on the boards of ArtMix, Indianapolis Parks Foundation, Economic Club of Indiana and co-chair's Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s Great Places 2020 steering committee. Additionally he has served on the boards of 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 serves on the executive committee for No Mean City, a marketing effort to attract new residents to the Indianapolis.
He is a recipient of Indianapolis Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" and was part 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 bachelors 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 PhD in American Studies through IUPUI.