Prior to joining LACI, Michael Swords served as the Executive Director of Strategic Research Initiatives and Global Partnerships within the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR) at UCLA.
In that capacity, he was responsible for developing large, multi-disciplinary research centers and institutes. He was also responsible for developing partnerships with government agencies, foundations, industry and non-profits, both here in the United States and abroad.
Mike has also served as the Board President for Cleantech Los Angeles (CLA) which, prior to merging with LACI, was a multi-institutional collaboration between UCLA, USC, Caltech, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency (CRALA), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), Central City Association (CCA) and the Los Angeles Economic Development Council (LAEDC) to establish Los Angeles as the global leader in research, commercialization, and deployment of clean technologies. He also serves on the Board of the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters (LALCV), and the Executive Advisory Committee for the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.
Prior to joining the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Mike worked as an officer in UCLA’s Office of Federal Government Relations and was a legislative aide on Capitol Hill. He graduated with a BA from Whittier College and completed UCLA’s Anderson School of Management’s Executive Education program in December of 2008.