P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


J. Michael Graglia, 2001

Managing Director & Co-Founder, SynGAP Research Fund (SRF)

J. Michael Graglia is an immigrant from Switzerland, his family is from England and Italy.

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MA in Southeast Asia and International Economics at Johns Hopkins University

Mike Graglia is the managing director & co-founder of the SynGAP Research Fund (SRF). In May of 2018 his son was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease caused by an insufficiency in SynGAP protein and causes the life-changing diagnosis of Epilepsy, Autism, sleep disorder and intellectual disability. Later that year Mike and his wife created SRF. A year later, Mike left his job and now focuses completely on SRF. The mission of SRF is to improve the quality of life of SynGAP1 patients through the research and development of treatments, therapies and support systems.

Previously, Mike worked at the Emerson Collective, New America Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BCG, the World Bank/IFC and the US Peace Corps/Namibia. During his time in Africa he created a small charity to fund girls' education.

Mike graduated from Gonzaga University with a BS in mathematics. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Columbia Business School.

Mike & his wife Ashley live in Palo Alto with their two sons.

  • MA Southeast Asia and International Economics | Johns Hopkins University 2003
  • MBA Business | Columbia University 2003
  • BS Math and Computer Science | Gonzaga University 1995
Work History
  • SynGAP Research Fund (SRF), Managing Director & Co-Founder
  • Emerson Collective, Director of Budget & Business Intelligence | January 2019 - January 2020
  • New America, Director, Future of Property Rights | January 2017 - December 2018
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Senior Manager - Strategy & Transformation | May 2016 - December 2016
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Financial Manager | January 2012 - May 2016
  • Boston Consulting Group, Project Leader | April 2007 - March 2012
  • International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group, Projects Officer | December 2003 - April 2007
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