Michael Cruz



Michael Cruz

Lead Consultant

Michael Cruz is an accomplished educational leadership scholar and consultant. In this capacity, he researches and applies cross-industry approaches that support diverse educators, policymakers, and community stakeholders. Michael’s focus is to ensure that all students have access to an equitable, and restorative education. He bridges his experience in restorative practices and design thinking to help schools create communal places of co-learning.

During his professional career, Michael has taught high school history, served as the director of operations for an elementary school, and was appointed to the board of a charter school. Michael currently consults with various organizations, including Talbot Consulting, where he contributes his advanced research skills, and expertise in curriculum development, and school operations management. Michael’s experiences have provided him with a depth of knowledge in school operations, student learning, and teacher development.

 Michael received his bachelor of arts in history from Stanford University, and is currently in graduate school at Teachers College at Columbia University. In his free time, he enjoys baking, biking, and weightlifting.