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Michael (Mike) Satz is the founding executive director of the Idaho 97 Project, LLC.

Mike is a licensed attorney and a member of State Bar of Texas. Prior to joining The Idaho 97, Mike was the executive officer and associate vice president for the University of Idaho in Southwest Idaho. In that role he managed university facilities and personnel in the southwestern region of the state and worked with community organizations and leaders in addition to engaging local, state and federal elected and appointed officials and leaders.

Prior to becoming the executive officer, Mike was the interim dean and associate dean of the University of Idaho College of Law in addition to being a faculty member of that college. In that latter role he taught courses in consumer law, creditors’ rights and secured transactions and lending, contracts, and architecture and the law. As dean and associate dean, Mike established the law school curriculum for the Boise campus expansion and oversaw the completion, build out and transition to that campus.

Prior to joining the University of Idaho, Mike practiced law as a business and bankruptcy attorney for a law firm in Dallas, Texas, and also served as in-house counsel for Nissan North America, Inc., also in Dallas. He received a bachelor of arts in history and a bachelor of science in political science from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He later received his juris doctor (cum laude) from the University of Michigan Law School. Mike also served for nearly 10 years as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy, serving on the forward deployed amphibious assault ships USS San Bernardino (LST1189) and USS Dubuque (LPD8).

Mike has authored several articles and editorials that focus on consumer finance, civic responsibility and board responsibility, and inclusive leadership. Mike resides in Boise with his family. 


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