Michael Cox, '08 BA (History) / BS (PSc)

Obama Administration Presidential Appointee, US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration

Michael Cox

Michael Cox is an Obama Administration Presidential Appointee at the US Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Maxwell in 2008, and also earned a Master of Science in Education from Fordham University in 2010. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Michael now works to advance President's economic agenda at the Commerce Department.

The Economic Development Administration in the Department of Commerce leads the federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The Economic Development Administration's investment policy is designed to establish a foundation for sustainable job growth and the building of durable regional economies throughout the United States.

In his role working with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, there is no "typical day" for Michael. His job is a mix of managing aspects of stakeholder interaction and internal project development. With the Assistant Secretary, he travels across the country to meet with mayors, governors, members of Congress, and business leaders to address regional and national economic development initiatives and strategies.

Immediately after leaving the Maxwell School, he served as a Teach For America Corps Member in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY between 2008 and 2010.  After his TFA service, he worked for Congressman Maffei (D-NY), and then from the fall of 2010 until the fall of 2012 served as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), providing policy counsel on judiciary, labor, healthcare, Social Security, Medicaid-Medicare, small business, competitiveness, and education issues.

When asked about how Maxwell prepared him for his career, Michael replied, "Maxwell equipped me with an analytical toolset, an intellectual dexterity, and an interpersonal acumen that allows me to decipher complex interests, people and policy issues--enabling me to find common ground and solutions." Additionally, he looks forward to continuing to connect with the Maxwell network through various social media tools and alumni groups set up by the Office of Alumni Relations.

His advice for current students is simple: "Be active, be engaged, and seek to lead."

Michael can be contacted at Michaelgcox2@gmail.com.