Mr. Michael Harlow is a consultant in education and workforce policy, and was elected to the Northwest Local Board of Education in November, 2013. As an independent consultant, he has done work for the U.S. Department of Labor and KnowledgeWorks, a Cincinnati-based social enterprise devoted to improving public education. He is currently helping to launch Smarter Schools, an effort to scale up some of the best practices in technology and operational efficiencies in public schools.
Mr. Harlow’s priorities are to help the teachers, parents and students develop their plans to improve student achievement in Northwest Local . As a previous volunteer with the Construction Technology program at Northwest High School, he is strongly supportive of the career-technical opportunities the district offers. He believes that there are a number of good ideas out there but the schools will only improve when teachers, parents and students decide how to fix it.
Michael is a graduate of the Colerain Township Citizens Police and Academy and the Colerain Township Citizens Fire Academy. He served as treasurer of the Colerain Township Fire Levy committee in 2005 and 2010 and has coached youth baseball and soccer. In the early 2000s, he served as vice-president of membership development and president of the Greater Cincinnati Jaycees and the chapter won the Clarence Howard Award as the most outstanding large chapter in the nation.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Toledo, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He worked in developing graduate programs at Toledo before moving to Cincinnati in 1999 to serve Congressman Steve Chabot in his local Cincinnati office.
Michael has been married for 12 years to Heather Harlow and has two sons. They reside in Colerain Township.