Michael Claproth is a graduate student at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy pursuing a Master of Public Administration. In obtaining this degree, Michael hopes to serve California communities by improving social policies that have historically left marginalized groups behind.
Prior to his graduate experience, Michael worked in communications at the AARP California State Office in Los Angeles where he advocated for public policies in issue areas including affordable housing, financial justice, and transportation. During his time at AARP CA, he helped to enact Purposeful Aging Los Angeles – a 5-year plan to implement policies aimed at creating equitable living conditions for people of all ages and abilities throughout the City of LA and Los Angeles County. Michael spent the 2016 election season collaborating with community groups, Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA Metro, and others to help pass Measure M in Los Angeles County.
A product of the San Gabriel Valley, Michael also affects change in his community as a staff member at the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) – where he works on key issues including sustainability, homelessness, and transportation equity.
In his free time, Michael volunteers with groups like the Partnership for an Equitable Los Angeles (PELA), the Economic Roundtable, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). Michael holds a B.A. in Communication from California State University, Los Angeles. He’s a self-proclaimed fantasy football connoisseur, news junkie, and high-volume podcast consumer.