Michael P Davidson
Chief Executive Officer
Michael P. Davidson connects innovative and successful leaders to dynamic mission-based ideas and organizations, creating powerful networks that help make the world better. As CEO of Gen Next, an exclusive organization of successful individuals engaged with ensuring future generations have access to great opportunities. Michael works with emerging and established leaders and helps them take on tomorrow’s biggest societal challenges.
Michael helped launch Gen Next, Inc. as a Membership organization in 2008, after starting with Generation Next PAC in 2005. While Michael has been CEO, Gen Next has grown from ten Members in Southern California to a multi-million dollar enterprise, with close to 250 Members nationwide and operations in six major cities and growing. He has helped engage some of the brightest, most innovative entrepreneurs and leaders from around the U.S. and world in Gen Next’s mission to ensure future generations have opportunity to flourish. Gen Next regularly hosts programs with thoughts leaders, dignitaries, elected officials, and high-profile business executives, allowing its Members to dialogue on global issues with the world’s foremost experts and decision makers. Michael has also lead Gen Next delegations to key regions around the world, including China, Western Europe, Brazil, Russia, and the Middle East, in order to stay at the leading edge of global trends. Michael’s leadership has helped Gen Next provide unmatched experiences to its Members and partners.
In addition to his leadership of Gen Next, Michael is also the President of the Gen Next Foundation (GNF), which utilizes venture philanthropy and social entrepreneurship strategies to create high-impact solutions in the areas of economic opportunity, education, and global security. Through 2013, the Gen Next Foundation raised more than $1.6 million. Michael has helped lead GNF to significant partnerships, including collaborations with Google Ideas, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, on projects like AgainstViolentExtremism.org (AVE).
Michael’s work supporting great missions and exploring generational issues goes beyond Gen Next. He also serves on the U.S. Board of Directors for the Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, which was created to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and community in a globalized world. He is also a Fellow at the Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California. He is also a Founding Member or PTTOW!, an annual summit that discusses culture, media, and marketing to consumers between the ages of 14 and 34. In the private sector, Michael was on the Board of Managers for PersonalCare Physicians from 2012 to 213, a medical concierge healthcare company based in Newport Beach, CA. He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors of EQtainment, an educational media company that makes fun and affordable games, toys, and videos to promote emotional intelligence.
Prior to Gen Next, Michael was a candidate in a national political campaign, for which two governors, more than thirty Members of Congress, and senior political operatives endorsed him. His campaign was profiled in a The New Republic Magazine cover story, Roll Call, The Hill, and The Los Angeles Times.
Michael has provided commentary for CNN, Fox News, MTV, C-Span, KABC radio, Sacramento Bee, Orange County Business Journal, Orange County Register, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, California Political Review, Flashreport.org and more.
He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, movies, trying to play guitar, and reading.