Michael Easterly joined Esperanza in 2013, inspired by his German immigrant mother’s work helping a Sudanese refugee get ready for college. He served for three years on the Scholar Success Committee, where he assisted with Career Days and scholar-mentor pairings, and he has organized several read-a-thons for the Scholarship Committee. In 2015 he was named as one of Esperanza’s Volunteers of the Year. Passionate about empowering others to identify and pursue new opportunities, Mike also founded a networking group for people with PhDs looking for nonacademic jobs. The first of its kind in the country, it has inspired the creation of similar groups in 13 cities across the US and Canada. Mike works for Summit Consulting, which provides data analytics for federal and private-sector clients. He has a Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins and a PhD from UCLA, where he studied economic history. He lives in the District and enjoys the local jazz scene and Meridian Hill Park.