Michael Borges was born and raised in a small farming town in the red state portion of California. After high school, he decided to go to the bluest part of the state, earning a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Subsequently, he earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law. While awaiting his California Bar exam results, he was offered the opportunity to work on a political campaign on a state senate race in Northern California. After that, he was hooked, and jumped to another State Senate race. Then came an opportunity to work for a labor union, Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West, or SEIU-UHW, where he has worked since. While there, Michael has authored research books, ran field campaigns for Board of Supervisors candidates in Fresno and San Francisco County, the San Francisco Mayor’s race, and State Senate races in Riverside and San Joaquin counties. Most recently, Michael managed field on an independent expenditure for a State Senate race that helped turn a nine point deficit in the primary into a seven point victory in the general election. Along the way, Michael has pushed the union to adopt more data-driven analysis of its membership, leaders, and PAC contributors to further its political and organizing goals. While not immersed in the campaign lifestyle, you can find Michael traveling, enjoying a fine cocktail, or eating nearly anything that’s put in front of him.