Mike McCauley is a mission-oriented implementation specialist with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing equitable policies and programs that improve the health, education, and prosperity of targeted populations and communities. A graduate of The Citadel and the Charleston School of Law’s inaugural graduating class, Mike is a former member of the federal government’s Senior Executive Service. During a 6-year tenure in Washington, DC, he served as White House Liaison for the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services (HHS) during the H1N1 pandemic and initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and as Chief of Staff of HHS’s Administration for Children & Families, a $62 billion agency administering over 60 federal programs promoting the economic and social well-being of America’s most vulnerable populations and communities, including Head Start, TANF, and LIHEAP. Among Watershed’s portfolio of projects, he works with state and local governments, foundations and community-based organizations, S.C. Electric Transportation Network members, and corporate entities to leverage federal investments being made under the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act and $369 billion in energy security and climate measures within the Inflation Reduction Act. Mike and his family live in Columbia, SC, where he is president of the Shandon Neighborhood Council and a member of the Richland Library Friends and Foundation board.