Impact is built and driven by leaders who feel a responsibility and duty to improve our civic life and discourse. They come from various backgrounds with differing views and perspectives but all share the common bond that objective analysis, open minds, and hard work are the key ingredients to progress.

Michael Puff

Michael is a product executive focused on finding innovative solutions leveraging technology. He started his career in the entertainment industry focused on film and talent representation. Most recently he spent eight and a half years at Bridgewater Associates working on management systemization and human analytics. Throughout his tenure he was able to partner with some of the most innovative thought leaders in the technology, marketing, and design spaces to help commercialize an enterprise platform into a start-up called Principles. Michael also helps manage Root Society, one of the largest theme camps at Burning Man, focused on building a community around music, art, and inclusion.  In his free time, he enjoys travelling, exercise, cooking, and spending time with his family. He is a graduate of Jack Welch’s College of Business at Sacred Heart University.

An impact event/article I recommend is…

The Future of Work – AI/Jobs.

Who is a real life hero of yours?

My heroes are those who mentored me over the years. My first soccer coach had a huge impact on my character and helped shape me to be the person I am today. He built a well-known soccer academy over the years and then handed it down to his kids, who run it today. He taught me about the love of the game and instilled passion and teamwork in me. Through his soccer program, my teammates and I went on to play with some of the top soccer players in NY and some onto the national or international level. It takes a very special person to be able to influence and shape children, particularly teenagers, over ~5 years and not only push them to strive for the best, but also have those values carry over into their adulthood.

My ideal future world includes…

Basic needs (stable food supply, clean water, shelter, basic medicine) accessible to everyone. And the ability to access education via the Internet and computers.