Michael King’s life looked inspiring on paper. He was a democratic executive, working on projects he was passionate about. But he led a double life. On the other side, he was addicted to alcohol and gambling. His problem became so out of control that he began embezzling money from work, eventually leading to an embarrassing public arrest that landed him on the front page of the local paper.
Today, Michael is the Director and Creator of The Communities Project. With his background in social justice, he felt it was his responsibility to help the people he met when he was incarcerated. Advocating for addiction is part of his long-term recovery.
In this episode, Michael talks about the power of a group with a common bond and how to step up in your community as a leader in the fight against addiction!
“Embrace your greatness. You are a leader. You don’t need to be taught. Own your results.”—Michael King
Michael King is the Director and Creator of The Communities Project and is the former Director of Outreach & Engagement for Facing Addiction with NCADD.
Prior to working in the addiction and recovery world, he spent over a decade in the political arena, working on Presidential, Gubernatorial, U.S. Senate and local campaigns. He is a past Campaign Director, Field Director, and Communications Director for the Washington State Democratic Party, and the former Executive Director of the Washington State Senate Democratic Campaign Committee.
Michael has worked to organize numerous constituencies, including organized labor, veterans and young people. He is the co-founder of a Washington state based not for profit organization aimed at empowering young people and a past Public Policy Committee Co-Chair for Faces & Voices of Recovery.
As a formerly incarcerated person, he is also a 2018 alumni of JustLeadershipUSA’s Leading with Conviction program, a program dedicated to furthering the leadership capabilities of formerly incarcerated citizens. Michael’s passion lies in empowering individuals to find their full potential to bring about social change. He is the proud father of two young children, and a person in long term recovery.
The Communities Project
The Communities Project is a national initiative with the mission of saving a million lives from substance use related deaths over the next two decades. We save lives by investing in the community leadership of people with lived experience and individuals who lead key addiction focused initiatives.
Investments in community leadership, through training and coaching, amplify programmatic accomplishments, expand collective efforts, and dramatically escalate opportunities to save lives.