Michael O’Leary – Founder
During employment with the U.S. Government and the California Emergency Management Agency, Michael O’Leary collected actionable information to empower military personnel and emergency responders. He founded Intervotion as a vehicle to deliver such information to those who risk their lives to save the lives of others, and to tap into the mindsets, hard won experiences and skills of veterans as a force for transforming social well being and public safety. Mr. O’Leary received an MSc from the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics (LSE). He received a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Mr. O’Leary studied at the Defense Language Institute and at the Minsk Institute of Foreign Languages. His independent research while pursing the MSc at the LSE focused on the influence of ideology on the world views and decision making processes of governments and individuals. Mr. O’Leary later developed a research plan, while pursuing an MPhil at the LSE, titled “Intentions and Outcomes: Tactics and Strategies in Scenarios involving Entrepreneurs, Terrorists, NGOs and the Military.” He co-edited, with Christopher Ankersen, Understanding Global Terror, published by Polity. In tandem with guiding the formation of Intervotion’s international presence, linking veterans and emergency responders to transform the reduction of risk in the built environment, Mr. O’Leary continues research into the influence of veterans’ and emergency responders’ experiences and training on decision making processes.