Michael Hirschhorn

Michael J. Hirschhorn is founder & CEO of mebl | Transforming Furniture, a social enterprise passionate about expanding the marketplace for beautiful furniture handcrafted from reclaimed wood and metal. mebl’s big vision is to mainstream environmental sustainability in furniture production . From 2008-14, Michael served as Executive Director of the International Human Rights Funders Group. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Coro New York Leadership Center; as Executive Director of the Literacy Assistance Center; and as Deputy Executive Director of Educators for Social Responsibility Metro. Michael was an Assistant to the Chancellor of the New York City Public Schools and, from 1998-2003, served as the “Visiting Non-Profit Executive” at the Yale School of Management, where he advised MBA students interested in non-profit, public, and non-traditional private sector management. Michael serves on the boards of a number local, national and international human rights, activist media and education-focused non-profits and philanthropies. He holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University (1981) and an MBA and MSW from Columbia University (1989). Michael lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Jimena Martinez and their pesky, amazing 16-year-old twins.

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