Mike brings a strong focus on municipal, state and federal government relations to Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications. As a senior member of the public affairs and government relations practice group, Mike is a key contributor to supporting clients’ business interests throughout New England and in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Mike provides significant insight on governmental issues and brings added value clients with his extensive knowledge of the legislative process and established working relationships with elected officials and their staff.
Prior to joining Rasky Baerlein, Mike served as chief-of-staff to Congressman Michael Capuano for nine years. He was responsible for guarding the Congressman’s interests on state issues and was a principal advisor for his federal agenda. He was also the chief-of-staff to then Mayor Capuano of Somerville in the 1990s.
In addition to Mike’s significant work with Capuano, he has been involved with several political campaigns including President Bill Clinton in 1992, Sen. Edward Kennedy in 1994, Sen. John Kerry for President in 2004, and Gov. Deval Patrick in 2006.
Because Congressman Capuano was one of the first members of the Congressional delegation to endorse then candidate Deval Patrick in early 2006, Michael played an instrumental role in the Governor’s campaign and on the Patrick transition team.
Throughout Mike’s career, he has raised money or volunteered with a number of nonprofits in the area including the Boston Homeless Coalition, American Cancer Fund’s Lahey Clinic, Best Buddies, and the Brian Honan Scholarship Fund and at the Somerville Boxing Club.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in political science Boston College.