Mike has always worked on complicated problems – he can’t help himself. So when his son was diagnosed with SYNGAP1 in 2018, he founded the SynGAP Research Fund and continues to lead it as a volunteer. In the broader Rare Neuro community, Mike serves on the Executive Board of COMBINEDbrain, is a member of the AES Epilepsy Research Benchmarks Stewards Committee and is the Co-Chair of the Innovation and Value Initiative 2022 Methods Summit.
Mike comes from a career in public policy, international development and strategy. Previous roles have included establishing a new program at New America, a DC think tank, Budget & Planning at both the Gates Foundation & Emerson Collective, healthcare consulting at BCG, developing a tertiary education program with the World Bank Group, managing a refugee program for the International Catholic Migration Commission in Zimbabwe, and teaching math in Peace Corps Namibia.
Graglia has an MBA from Columbia where he was a Bronfman Fellow, an MA from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies where he was a Soros Fellow, and a BS in mathematics from Gonzaga University, S.J.
Graglia lives with his wife Ashley & two sons in Marin, California.