Michael has worked a majority of the last 20 years in the nonprofit and alternative high school arena. The greater part of those years were working at Portland YouthBuilders (PYB), an alternative high school designed to serve low to very low-income young adults, 17 – 24 years of age. Based on a national model, PYB is a high school completion and construction trades/computer training program.
Since November 2010, Michael has been employed as a Community Relations & Outreach Representative for the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, responsible for Oregon and SW Washington. He is actively involved in educating community groups and schools about the opportunities and benefits of a career working in the construction trades as a Carpenter. His target population is low-income women and ethnic minorities. He is currently involved with a number of boards and commissions. He was appointed to two Joint Apprenticeship Training committees, Portland Carpenter and Interior Systems. He is a board member at Portland YouthBuilders, Constructing Hope and most recently, All Hands Raised. He is a long-standing member and Co-Chair of the Metropolitan Alliance for Workforce Equity (MAWE) and, Vice Chair of the Labor Management Community Oversight Committee.
Since 2001 Michael Burch has partnered with both General Contractors, and sub-contractors helping forge career opportunities for economically disadvantaged youth. Over the last five years Michael has expanded his outreach efforts, and inclusionary contracting efforts through the MAWE group where he has worked to expand the Community Benefits Agreement throughout City of Portland public construction projects. In 2012 a city ordinancewas passed to require and increase diversity, and apprenticeship on City projects. Since its passage, Michael Burch has worked in partnership with many construction contractors to assist in meeting those requirements.
Michael A. Burch is a native Oregonian. He graduated from Benson High Construction program and earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology at the University of Oregon. He then served six years in the Air Force Reserves during the Vietnam era as an Air Evacuation Specialist.