I know Michael Kouly from our time together at Harvard University, Michael has a sense of compassion, clarity of purpose, and strong personal integrity. These characteristics are demonstrated in time beyond doubt.

Michael brought extensive conceptual training in policy thinking to a program emphasizing practical implementation. Attracted to the controversial and complex yet ever calm and insightful, Michael would ask difficult questions and press for well-reasoned responses.

Leading by example, Michael creates communities of trust and candor across stubborn and unfamiliar boundaries. Confident in his perceptions yet collaborative in style, Michael listens deeply, inspires action, and openly invites feedback. His inclusive sense of community is shown by the integration of his family in his work, and the fluidity of communication between formal training environments and informal chat sessions, and unparalleled dedication to optimism in all human affairs.”