With more than a decade of experience as a sustainability and social impact storyteller as a journalist and a strategist and communicator, Mike Hower is committed to helping companies advance while addressing the world’s pressing social and environmental challenges. As managing director, Sustainability & Social Impact, Mike leads business development in the San Francisco Bay Area, and provides strategic counsel for thinkPARALLAX clients such as International Paper, Qualcomm and Kashi.
Previously, Mike was senior writer for GreenBiz, Sustainable Brands, and Triple Pundit where he covered every topic under the sustainability sun — from clean energy to climate policy and the circular economy. He also served as a sustainability and social impact subject matter expert at Edelman, where he worked with The North Face, HP, Dow, and Kashi on sustainability and social impact strategy and execution. Passionate about advancing forward-thinking climate policy in the United States, he has lobbied on Capitol Hill with Environmental Defense Fund and other organizations.
Mike holds a master's degree in public affairs and strategic communication from George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science and history from the University of California, Davis.
A firm believer that you must "know the world if you wish to save the world," Mike is an avid traveler and adventurer. He spent a year living and volunteering in a community in Bogotá, Colombia and has visited more than 30 countries across five continents — most recently making the trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.