Michael Deegan-McCree currently serves as the Partnerships Coordinator at The Bail Project, working out of their Central Team Headquarters in Marina Del Rey, California. Michael plays a pivotal role in developing grassroots and grasstops partnerships to enable The Bail Project to best serve their clients. Michael's work along with the Partnerships Team ensures that the "Community Release with Support" model, founded by Robin Steinberg The Bail Projects Chief Executive Officer, and her staff flourishes across all sites nationwide.
Michael is a native Californian born and raised in the Bay Area. Before working for The Bail Project, Michael worked at The Dream Corps, where he served as the Policy Associate for the #cut50 initiative, helping to lead their state and federal legislative efforts. While at #cut50, Michael played a policy role in helping pass the First Step Act, a 2018 landmark legislation that the New York Times said would "deliver the most significant changes to our criminal justice system in a generation.".
Michael's concentration on racial and economic inequality within the criminal justice system stems from his progressive ideology especially on issues of criminal legal and mental health reform. It is his belief that it takes coalitions of directly impacted people, along with unlikely allies from different political ideological beliefs to deliver lasting structural change that will benefit our communities. Michael has also served as a District Advisor to California State Senator, Majority Whip Nancy Skinner, and an Assistant to Congresswoman Barbara Lee of California's 13th Congressional District.
Michael has many plans for his career as he aspires to become the Director of Political Partnerships for The Bail Project. He also has his eyes set on a seat in the United State House of Representatives. Upon arrival, he plans to bring his taught model of community driven reform and political bipartisanship to issues such as criminal legal reform, mental health reform policy, education reconstruction and diplomatic foreign policy.
In his free time Michael enjoys hiking, white water rafting, bike riding, surfing, boxing and his unmatched love for the game of baseball has made him a lifelong, die hard Oakland Athletics fan.