Michael Givens

Associate Director for Strategic Communications Hyams Foundation

Mike Givens joined the Hyams Foundation  in September 2015. An experienced journalist, Mike began his non-profit career as a communications specialist for the Service Employees International Union Local 1199, where he  advocated for on-the-job protections for healthcare workers and   socioeconomic equality for low-income communities. Most recently, Mike was the communications and public relations manager for MassEquality, an LGBTQ rights organization. He helped craft a comprehensive communications program and secure several statewide victories, from  enhanced anti-bullying protections in public schools to electing pro-equality candidates to office. Mike is the assistant editor for The Rainbow Times, New England’s largest LGBTQ newspaper. He    originally hails from Virginia and holds  undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Boston University.