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Musante, Michael

Senior Director of Government Relations, Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS)


Michael created a national government relations plan for Edison Learning, Inc. at the federal, state and local levels. He has been involved in advocating for the public charter school community for the past nine years. For three years, Michael headed Musante Strategies, a public relations firm offering a full range of public affairs and issue management services.

In addition, he was served as Communication Manager for Koch Industries Inc. and The Charles G. Koch Foundation, and as Communications and Development Director for The Center for Education Reform. Michael also worked as a public affairs officer and project manager at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he was responsible for the development and implementation of an outreach and communications strategy designed to reach local government officials, including mayors and state legislators.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Masters of Public Administration from The George Washington University. Michael was elected to a two-year term as a local advisory commissioner in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC, where he resides with his wife and two children.