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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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J. Michael Graglia, 2001

Director of Budget & Business Intelligence, Emerson Collective

J. Michael Graglia is an immigrant from Switzerland

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

J. Michael Graglia is the director of budget and business intelligence at the Emerson Collective. He founded the SynGAP Research Fund, Inc. in May of 2018 after his son was diagnosed with a de novo mutation that affects his brain. 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, he worked at New America and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Washington, DC.

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.

After working as an actuarial consultant, Mike joined the Peace Corps, where he taught high school math in a rural region of Northern Namibia. He also worked on AIDS prevention and solicited computer donations to create a lab at his school. With a desire to help the most gifted yet poorest students in his school, Mike envisioned and created a program called

Since graduate school Mike has served as country director for the ICMC in Zimbabwe as the lead for refugee services in-country. Mike went on to run a unit at the World Bank Group that focused on improving tertiary business education across Africa. Following which he became a Project Leader in the healthcare practice of the Boston Consulting Group. He has worked in both the Washington, DC and Mumbai, India offices.


  • 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
  • Emerson Collective, Director of Budget & Business Intelligence | January 2019 - PRESENT