Mike Lake Fun Facts

Did you know that Mike ...



  • Once gave a TED talk in Cape Town, South Africa




  • Has hiked the Himalayas




  • Has twice lived in Australia


  • Was the first in his family to go to college (Northeastern University)

  • Is the only person in Massachusetts history to graduate with 5 majors simultaneously


  • Has been to 105 weddings since 2006 (including one in Kenya)




  • Was a presidential elector for Barack Obama in 2012



  • Founded Leading Cities, an international network of cities sharing solutions to municipal challenges



  • Was the youngest on the White House staff when he was appointed by President Clinton as Special Assistant for White House Operations


  • Almost knocked over Liz Taylor, met Hank Aaron, and literally walked into Muhammad Ali all in 10 minutes

  • Brought a salad to school for lunch every day until his junior year in high school




  • Visits his mother, sister, and grandma almost every Sunday for family day


  • Has never had a cup of coffee

  • Considers dessert his favorite meal of the day



  • Gave a tour of the White House to the cast and crew of ER and West Wing



  • Has run 5 marathons, including the Boston Marathon 4 times





  • Met his girlfriend, Hale, at a caucus electing delegates to the Democratic National Convention



  • Bought his first car (a 1989 Hyundai Excel named 'Little Susie') from his grandma

  • Is a certified Memphis Rules Barbecue Judge



  • Was prom king





  • Discovered he was allergic to bees after sitting on a hive as a child





  • Has done a jungle trek in Thailand



  • Has been to 49 states (but never Kansas)






  • Helped organize the Obama campaign announcement tour in 2007



  • Is the Boston delegate to the German Marshall Fund's transatlantic Cities Network

  • Has hiking to Macchu Picchu and sailing the Greek Isles on his bucket list

  • Has worked as a policy research analyst for Ireland's former Prime Minister, John Bruton





  • Sits on a total of 17 boards and committees in the Greater Boston area







  • Rescued his dog, Charlie, when he found him tied to a fence with a note outside Starbucks on Boylston Street



  • Was the youngest bank examiner for the Boston Federal Reserve Bank



  • Discovered public service was his passion when "elected" town mayor by classmates during student government day

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