Michael Chasnow graduated with dual master's degrees in business and urban planning at UNC-Chapel Hill. He holds an AB in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming back to graduate school, Michael worked as a consultant for the Centre for Microfinance, based in Chennai India, where he authored case studies on emerging issues within Indian microfinance and helped develop the centre's communications strategy. Prior to working in microfinance, Michael was a senior research manager at Corporate Executive Board, focusing on business ethics, energy and sustainability. With EFC, Michael helped state and local governments develop energy efficiency and renewable energy lending programs.