Birmingham Board of Education, District 5
Name: Michael “Mickey” Millsap
Residence: Crestwood North
Political experience: None
Professional experience: Entrepreneurship and innovation professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2014-present; founder and executive director, K12 Lean Labs; science teacher, Livingston High School, 2014-present; Sumter Central High School, 2011-2013; co-founder and director, uShip.com, Austin, Texas, 2004-2010; strategic business planning intern, National Parks Service, New York, 2003; office of Democratic Sen. Tom Daschle, Washington, D.C., 1999-2002; corporate banking analyst, Bank of America, 1997-1999.
Civic experience: Volunteer, Birmingham Education Foundation, 2014-present; volunteer adviser, Teach For America’s National Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Team, 2015-present; facilitator and mentor, Co.Starters, 2012-present; entrepreneurship mentor, The Big Pitch, 2015-present; mentor, Velocity Accelerator at Innovation Depot and UAB iLab, 2016-present; judge, Alabama Launchpad, 2014-present; Educator of the Year, Sumter Central High School, 2011-2012; co-president, Austin Chapter, McCombs School of Business Alumni Association; board member, Texchange Technology Startup Association, 2008-2009.
Education: Vanderbilt University, 1992-1994; Florida State University, bachelor’s in finance, 1995-1997; MBA, University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, 2002-2004.
Top contributors: Leadership for Education Equality, $3,000; self, loan, $2,450; Caroline Reich, $500; Theresa Millsap, $500.
Main issues: If elected, the candidate wants to stabilize leadership. Another top priority is to invest in innovation. “Wherever great innovations are happening that have a positive impact on children, teachers, and families, we have to be willing to invest,” he said. Other priorities are to develop excellent school leaders, focus on the whole child and plan effectively. “I will look at all current operations to make sure we are getting the most for our money and planning effectively for the future,” he said. and