Jeff Michael

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Director

Biography

Jeff Michael is director of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.  A planner and attorney by training, his professional experience includes extensive work around land use, sustainable development and land conservation  issues. Prior to coming to the institute in 2003, Jeff served as director of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative and the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations, one of North Carolina’s premier leadership programs.

A native of the Charlotte region (Stanly County), Jeff is often called upon by the news media and policy makers to share his professional and personal knowledge of the region, and to provide commentary on the economic, environmental and social issues confronting its communities. 

Jeff was named a William C. Friday Fellow in 1997 and an American Marshall Memorial Fellow in 2005 and has served on the boards of numerous statewide and regional organizations.

Education

JD, University of North Carolina School of Law
Master of Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.S. in Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Expertise

Land use law, land conservation, regional planning, sustainable economic development, leadership development, diversity/multicultural training
 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 26, 2015
    Five years and hundreds of thousands of pageviews later, it’s clear that diving into the digital world in 2010 was the right thing for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. But which among our more than 800 articles drew the most views? Read on ... 
  • plancharlotte.org
    Feb 18, 2015
    After three years of citizen engagement, which led to a Regional Growth Framework for the Charlotte region, the CONNECT Our Future initiative moves into implementation, including a set of 31 quality-of-life indicators, now available online.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 18, 2015
    After three years of citizen engagement, which led to a Regional Growth Framework for the Charlotte region, the CONNECT Our Future initiative moves into implementation, including a set of 31 quality-of-life indicators, now available online.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jan 12, 2015
    EducationNC – a nonpartisan, nonprofit news source aiming to create a bipartisan, statewide conversation about public schools – launched Jan. 12. The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute will assist EdNC.org by providing data and maps about major trends, issues and challenges facing the state's schools.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 16, 2014
    In reviewing the institute's 2014 highlights, one common denominator is clear. We’re using data in increasingly complex ways to – paradoxically – help make public understanding of policy issues simpler.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 16, 2013
    All three of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute’s most recent directors came, not from large urban centers, but from small, rural communities. But what we may have lacked in urban sophistication we made up for in our conviction that great metro regions are a healthy mix of urban, suburban and rural communities. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • plancharlotte.org
    Nov 06, 2013
    Welcome to a new look for the PlanCharlotte.org web pages. You’ll find all the content from our previous set of pages, but with a new look.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 26, 2013
    The institute’s web pages are getting a new look. We hope you'll like what you see. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Feb 28, 2013
    North Carolina's young people are increasingly steered away from manufacturing jobs. But many people now believe manufacturing has more promise than the low-wage service jobs that dominate the limited options for young people outside the state’s urban areas. (Photo: GMI)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Dec 17, 2012
    2013 may be a year historians look back on as the time local leaders hit the “reset” button on issues that had been at the forefront of public policy discussions before the 2008 economic meltdown. Will leaders revisit these issues following the same assumptions and conventional strategies as before? Or will lessons learned in the past five years and a new set of leaders take the region down an entirely different path in addressing some of these issues?