Michael Ward Jr.

President & Chief Executive Officer

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Michael Ward Jr. is a social entrepreneur focusing on technology and socioeconomic development. Michael is currently the President and CEO of Austin Urban Technology Movement (AUTM) and sits on a few boards throughout Central Texas focusing on STEM and workforce development. Originally from Miami, FL, Michael began his career at Oracle in enterprise sales, focusing on cloud and on-premise technology. During this time, Michael also led Oracle’s Black employee resource group, in order to increase upward mobility of Oracle’s Black employees across the United States, Canada, and Brazil.


After Oracle, Michael transitioned to ADP and learned the impact human capital management (HCM) has on a company’s sustainability, culture, and productivity. Before leading AUTM full-time, Michael worked in Austin’s startup ecosystem managing operations for Primal7, a fitness tech company, and consulting on diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the technology industry. Before starting his tech career and entrepreneurship journey, Michael earned a degree in Political Science and Global Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Michael is happily married, a Tar Heel and Miami Heat fan, loves to travel, and eat good food made with love.