Michael Alan Williams is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School. He is passionate about improving civic democracy by making cities more inclusive, equitable and sustainable places. Michael has participated in and led community engagement and civic education projects in his hometown of Detroit as well as Vietnam, South Africa, Poland, and Germany. A Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, he credits his upbringing and community involvement in Detroit for inspiring his resolve to shape more socially just cities. In his most recent role, Michael served in the New York City Mayor’s Office as the senior analyst for OneNYC – a comprehensive, multi-billion dollar plan funding over 200 initiatives to address New York’s profound social, economic, and environmental challenges. At HBS he plans to expand his management skill set in preparation for leadership in social enterprise and community development. Michael intends to apply lessons from his diverse experiences towards the revitalization of Detroit and other challenged cities.