Michael Oko is the Global Communications Director at the World Resources Institute, where he oversees strategy, messaging, and outreach for the institute’s global network. He is responsible for WRI’s day-to-day communications to increase its programmatic impact, elevate its profile, and advance its mission. Michael oversees the organization’s editorial calendar, assesses opportunities, and provides guidance across the organization’s communication network. Michael directly oversees editorial, media, events, internal communications, and operations staff. A member of the global management team, Michael leads the organization’s flagship annual event, Stories to Watch, and communications curriculum.

Michael has extensive communications expertise at non-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to WRI, Michael was the Federal Media Director at NRDC, where he led efforts to advance the organization’s top policy priorities, including climate change, energy, public health, lands, air, water, and other issues. Previously, Michael was a senior communication officer for the international division of the American Red Cross, focusing on humanitarian disasters, public health, and related issues.

Earlier in his career, Michael worked in advertising and film/video production in New York City, producing national television commercials, along with documentaries, music videos, and other projects.

Michael received a master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, concentrating on international economics and Southeast Asia. He received his B.A. from Cornell University.

Michael has travelled and worked in numerous countries, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife, Jennifer, and two kids, Jasper and Laila.