Director of Projects
Michael Waller joined the Georgia Appleseed team as Director of Projects on September 4, 2018.
Prior to starting with Georgia Appleseed, Michael was a prosecuting attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for eight years, leading investigations and lawsuits to stop companies and individuals from defrauding economically vulnerable consumers. Based in the Washington, DC headquarters, Michael advocated for marginalized consumers within the agency by helping to develop innovative policies aimed at identifying the most vulnerable consumer victims and directing law enforcement and education resources to support them. Michael led efforts to protect undocumented immigrants and refugees, poor consumers victimized by payday lenders, and consumers taken advantage of by fraudsters hocking fake student loan relief. Michael also served in the FTC's Office of International Affairs to help foreign governments develop enforcement programs to stop the illegal sale of sensitive consumer information to fraudsters and other criminals.
Before the FTC, Michael was a staff attorney at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, representing indigent clients in housing, domestic violence, and consumer rights cases. He came to Legal Aid after two years as a financial institutions associate with WilmerHale, an international law firm based in Washington, DC.
Michael graduated with a B.A. from the University of the South (Sewanee), an M.A. in International Affairs from Syracuse University (Maxwell School), an M.T.S in Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law.
Michael is a proud and busy father of three children, a cub scout den leader, has a basement with enough tools to knock down and rebuild a small home, and occasionally runs adventure races. In his spare time, he tends his mustache.
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