Michael Fleming has served as executive director of the David Bohnett Foundation since 2000. He works closely with Mr. Bohnett to promote the foundation’s mission of improving society through social justice, developing quantitative and qualitative goals for funding progressive programs in education, LGBT issues, arts, gun violence prevention and cognitive animal language research.
With a background in broadcast media and public affairs, Fleming has deployed his strengths in communications, strategic planning and cause-oriented advocacy to help steer nearly $53 million to organizations that share the Foundation’s vision.
In August 2013, newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti nominated Fleming to serve on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners – the five member panel that oversees the nation’s largest public utility. He was unanimously confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council. He previously served as the President of the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission and as a Commissioner on the Board of the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In December 2010, President Barack Obama named Fleming to the White House Council for Community Solutions — a select group of business, non-profit and education leaders that studies growth and the impact of innovative, community-developed solutions to address some of the nation’s most serious challenges.
Under Fleming’s stewardship, the Foundation established and funded leadership development graduate programs at some of the country’s top schools of public service including New York University, UCLA, Harvard and the University of Michigan. He currently teaches graduate courses on public policy at UCLA and NYU and has, since 2003, taught an undergraduate humanities course at UCLA.
He began his career as an associate producer for PBS’ flagship station, Boston’s WGBH-TV, and remains active in broadcasting as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the Santa Monica-based KCRW Foundation, one of the country’s most influential public radio stations.
Fleming has a B.A. from Colorado College and was a Victory Fellow (now Bohnett Fellow) at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A Boston native, Fleming lives in Los Angeles and is married to Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin.