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educator , political activist , social worker

Michael Stewart Reisch, American social worker, educator, political activist. Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellow, 1972-1973; Fulbright senior scholar, 2001-2006, Fulbright scholar University Queensland, Australia, 2005.


Reisch, Michael Stewart was born on March 4, 1948 in New York City. Son of Joseph and Charlotte (Rosenberg) Reisch.


Bachelor in History with highest honors, New York University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in History with distinction, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1975. Master of Social Work with honors, City University of New York, 1979.


Youth worker Washington-Heights-Inwood YM-YWHA, New York City, 1965-1966. Editor, columnist Heights Daily News, Bronx, New York, 1966-1968. Research/teaching assistant State University of New York, Binghamton, 1970-1972.

Unit director, program consultant Child Study Association-Wel Met, Incorporated, New York York City, 1970-1972. Assistant director youth division Mosholu-Montefiore Community Center, Bronx, 1972-1973. Project director Silberman Foundation/New York Association Deans, New York City, 1973-1974.

Assistant dean School Social Welfare, assistant professor State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1974-1979. Assistant professor, then associate professor School Social Work University Maryland, Baltimore, 1979-1986. Director School Social Work, professor social work/public administration San Francisco State University, 1986-1995.

Professor social work University Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1995-1999, University Michigan, Ann Arbor, since 1999. President Children Now, Oakland, California, 2002—2003. Zellerbach professor University California, Berkeley, 2006-2007.

Consultant and speaker in field.



Consultant numerous local, state, and federal political campaigns, since 1971. Member Governor's Advisory Council Human Resources, Maryland, 1983-1986. President Welfare Advisers, Maryland, 1983-1986.

Campaign manager Republican Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore, 1982. Board directors Coleman Advisers for Children and Youth, 1987-1995, San Francisco International Program, 1987-1995, California Social Work Education Center, 1991-1995, Center for Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement, 1992-1995, American Jewish Congress, N. California, 1994-1995, Council International Programs, 1995, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, 1997-1999. Chair Children's Budget Task Force City of San Francisco, 1989-1992.

Member Mayor's Advisory Council on Drug Abuse, San Francisco, 1988-1991. Member steering committee Poverty Action Alliance, 1993-1995. Member advisory committee Montreal Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy, since 1995.

Member Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice, Michigan, since 2004. Member National Association of Social Workers (delegate 1990-1992, 94-96, chair peace and justice committee 1992-1997), Council on Social Work Education (committee on status of women 1989-1992, board directors 1993-1997, chair commission on educational policy 1994-1997), American History Association, Social Welfare Action Alliance, Society for Social Work and Research, Association for Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Association Community Organizations and Social Adminstrn, National Association of Child Advocates.


  • Other Interests

    Travel, hiking, cooking, swimming, creative writing.


Married Amy Jane Lewis, May 21, 1972 (divorced 2002). Children: Jennifer, Nikki. Married Lily Jarman, March.

Joseph Reisch

Charlotte (Rosenberg) Reisch

Amy Jane Lewis

Lily Jarman

Jennifer Reisch

Nikki Reisch