President and CEO
Michael Waxman has long worked at the intersection of politics and communications. With a deep appreciation for what can be accomplished through the legislative process, he focuses on helping shape responsible public policies, advancing worthy causes and building movements with impact for a range of clients and funders.
In 2013, Michael started Waxman Strategies with a commitment to exclusively advance public interest change and focus on issue areas where global progress is needed the most. This includes ensuring health equity, fostering bold innovation and securing a sustainable future.
As CEO, Michael is responsible for ensuring the firm delivers outcomes that matter and is optimized to do so. He counts as his greatest achievement recruiting an incredibly talented team of issue experts and skilled practitioners who are collectively working to change the world.
Michael grew up with a front row seat watching in awe as his father, Henry Waxman, championed critical policy reforms during his forty years in the House of Representatives. His father’s legislative skill has been widely recognized. He has been called “liberalism’s legislative genius,” “one of the ablest members of the House,” and “one of the most accomplished legislators of our times.”
Michael was overjoyed when his father joined the firm in 2015. Henry’s active involvement, along with memorabilia of his legislative accomplishments that adorn the walls of the firm, serve as an inspiration of the impactful legacy we strive to uphold and advance every day.
Prior to founding Waxman Strategies, Michael worked for a number of communications firms, including Fenton, Hyde Park Communications and Fleishman Hillard.
A highlight of Michael’s career includes having been elected twice to serve on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees. As a board member, he provided guidance in the management of the district’s $6 billion bond-financed building program – one of the nation’s largest green construction efforts at the time.
Michael’s communications work has been recognized with the Silver Anvil and Thoth Awards by the Public Relations Society of America and the Nonprofit PR Award from PR News.
Beyond successfully placing clients in the media, Michael has been featured on CNBC, C-SPAN and Fox Business News and referenced in outlets such as the Associated Press, Bloomberg, the New York Times and National Journal.
Michael currently serves on the board of trustees of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s National Chapter. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.Our Team