Michael “Mike” Grey

is the current Deputy Director of Operations for Rise. Prior to August of 2022, he served as the Operations Manager for the Student Navigator Network and the Program Associate for Rise’s Foster Youth Advocacy program. Mike graduated from the University of California, Merced with a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. While at UC Merced, he served as the Lead Student Coordinator for the Guardian Scholars Program, an equity and access program designed to provide resources and mentorship to current and former foster youth, homeless youth, transition youth, and unaccompanied youth. Mike is dedicated to supporting and mentoring students from under-served and under-represented backgrounds, in particular finding ways to support system-impacted college students, like students formerly in foster care or students who experience homelessness. Coming from a system-impacted background, Mike’s vision is to bridge the gap between poverty and education, working directly in the higher education system. His current plans are to begin a Master’s program in Higher Education at Sacramento State in the Fall of 2022 and eventually receive a Ph.D. or Ed.D. At the core of his work, he believes in centering lived experiences and involving those most impacted in all phases of change. If you are interested in connecting with Mike, check out his LinkedIn!