Michael A. Almond

Michael A. Almond serves as Executive Director of the Charlotte Regional Collaborative for a Global Economy, a consortium of the 16 community colleges serving the 31 counties in North and South Carolina that constitute the Greater Charlotte Region. His career in international law, global business, and regional workforce and economic development spans more than 35 years. In 2005 the President of the Federal Republic of Germany awarded Mr. Almond the prestigious Bundesverdienstkreuz (Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit) for “outstanding commitment in fostering the relations between the United States and the Federal Republic of Germany.”

From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Almond was President and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, a non-profit regional North Carolina/South Carolina economic development organization.  During this time Mr. Almond also served as member and chairman of the board of directors of the Charlotte Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Mr. Almond has served as Senior Executive in Residence at the Center for Creative Leadership, a globally-recognized research institute and provider of leadership solutions worldwide.  From 1999 until 2012 he served as a charter member of the board of the Golden LEAF Foundation, which provides economic development grants to rural, economically distressed regions of North Carolina.  From 2005 through 2009, Mr. Almond served as Director of the Appalachian Regional Development Institute and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Economic Development at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

Mr. Almond is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (New York/Washington) and from 2007 to 2012 served as a member of the board of directors of the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Almond is former director of the Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany in Charlotte, and has served as a board member of several privately-owned companies.

Mr. Almond is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Morehead Scholar, highest honors, 1971) and the UNC School of Law (Morehead Law Fellow, honors, 1975), and was a Fulbright Fellow in political science at the University of Mannheim, Germany (1973).