Michael Ferron, J.D. joined the board on July 1, 2023 and will chair the Board’s Governance Committee. He is a lawyer and housing advocate with more than a decade of experience in real estate and public service. His professional and research interests focus on the intersection of race, housing and poverty. In 2022, Michael and his family moved to Prince George’s County from Indianapolis.
Promoting total equity, inclusion and access for people with disabilities is nothing new for Michael. Since 2017, he has served on the Board of Directors for Easterseals Crossroads—Indiana’s largest nonprofit disability-services organization—and was chair of the development committee from 2018-22.
Michael obtained his Florida real estate license in 2009 and holds broker and instructor licenses from the State of Indiana. As a broker, he primarily represented developers seeking to create or revitalize affordable housing. Michael has been teaching real estate since 2016, specializing in fair housing, diversity in the real estate industry, and professional ethics. As an individual with a disability, his lived experience influences his pedagogical approach to adult education. Furthermore, Michael grew up in an extremely low-income community, which inspired his personal mission statement: To combat and eliminate the barriers to fair, affordable and accessible housing.
He earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and a Graduate Certificate in civil and human rights law from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. During this time, he interned with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, Va., and the Re-Entry Assistance and Community Help (REACH) Clinic at IU McKinney, focused on delivering legal remedies to socioeconomic problems.
Michael worked with his law school mentor to research solutions to lead hazards in public housing; analyzing the relationship between health, housing, and the law; and studying the environmental benefits of housing justice. For his pro bono service, Michael received the Norman Lefstein Award of Excellence.
Interim Board Treasurer
He has worked in the ID/DD field of for 24 years with over 22 years at SCI. He has worked in several different capacities including enclave supervisor, case manager, quality assurance manager, and central region director.