Michael Simkins earned a bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Barbara and master’s and doctorate degrees at UCLA. He has been an elementary schoolteacher, principal, and director of large-scale educational technology projects. In the non-profit world, he served as COO and interim CEO of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network. Now a consultant, his current and former clients include the Association of California School Administrators, Silicon Valley Education Foundation, the Federal Communications Commission, Net Texts, SRI International, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Michael holds Leading Edge Certification in both administrators and online-blended learning.
Since retiring from full-time work in education, Michael has become very involved in the nonprofit world. Currently, he is president of the board of directors of San Luis Obispo Repertory Theatre, president of the UCLA Alumni Central Coast Network, and secretary-treasurer of the Cabrillo Estates Property Owners Association. In addition, Michael teaches workshops and consults for Spokes, San Luis Obispo County’s resource center for nonprofits.