Michael Schraft joins the New York Helmets to Hardhats team after fifteen years in public service in the United States Air Force, Peace Corps and State Department. Born and raised in Western New York, Mike is a third-generation military Veteran and proud son and grandson of retired UA Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 22. His last assignment in government was as an Economic Development Officer serving two years in Afghanistan with USAID.
Since 2015, Mike has been focusing on apprenticeship training and workforce development in the Western New York region. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY- Buffalo State College and MPA from SUNY-Binghamton University.
In his spare time, Mike enjoys traveling, skiing, and golfing.