Michael Shapiro was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. Michael received his BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and his MBA in Finance from Columbia University. He began his career in New York in finance with Salomon Brothers, then spent more than 20 years working with private real estate developers and as a real estate investor. At the end of 2015, Michael and his partner purchased the Southern California rights to Relocation Strategies, a consulting firm that plans and coordinates the relocation of corporate offices and industrial operations.
Michael and his wife Margot moved from Michigan to Newport Beach in 2005, then to Laguna Beach in 2014. They are supporters of both Congregation B’nai Israel and The Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. They have an older son and two daughters. Michael is Treasurer of the Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County as well as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He has been an area council member of AIPAC, both in Michigan and in Orange County.