Michael Royce, Founder
Michael Royce is a social justice activist, attorney, energy consultant, writer and nonprofit executive. Mr. Royce was a trial lawyer from 1979-1995 with the firm of Royce, Swanson, Thomas, and Coon. He founded Green Empowerment with others in 1997 and served as Executive Director from 1997 until July, 2006, and later served as Chair of the Board and retired from the board in late 2016. He has led or participated in human rights delegations to El Salvador and Nicaragua and participated in international development projects in several other countries around the world.
Green Empowerment’s Board of Directors celebrated our founder and community leader Michael Royce through the creation of a fund honoring his life’s work. The funds go to Green Empowerment projects to continue the important impact that Michael initiated in 1997 with the vision of an equitable and sustainable world where everyone has clean water, renewable energy and a healthy environment in which to grow and thrive.
You might say that activism runs in Michael’s family.
Born to Henry Ruess, a Democratic Congressman from Wisconsin who was the author of the legislation that created the Peace Corps, and Margaret Reuss, a political, social and environmental activist and chair of the Economics Department at the University of the District of Columbia, Michael was raised with strong moral role models and always felt called to improve conditions for people who were less fortunate.
However, it took him a while to figure out exactly how to fulfill that call. Read more about Michael’s life work and pathway to founding Green Empowerment!
Thank you to everyone that attending the Michael Royce Birthday Extravaganza on Sunday, November 6th 2016!
It was a great event honoring Michael Royce and his values, character and accomplishments while raising funds to continue the great work that he started when he founded Green Empowerment almost 20 years ago.