Michael Steel serves as Senior Vice President for Communications at Business Roundtable. In this role, he provides strategic guidance and management of BRT’s efforts to advocate for better public policy solutions. He joined Business Roundtable after five years at Hamilton Place Strategies, a Washington-based public affairs consultancy.
Prior to that, he worked on Capitol Hill for a dozen years, serving as spokesman to then-Speaker John Boehner, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Republican Policy Committee.
He also has extensive political experience, serving as a senior advisor to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential effort in 2016, and as spokesman for then-Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan in 2012, in addition to roles on Senator Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign, at the National Republican Congressional Committee and statewide races in Oklahoma and North Carolina.
He began his career as a reporter at National Journal, and graduated from the University of North Carolina and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Steel serves on the board of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, which supports wounded warriors’ caregivers, the Board of Advisors at UNC’s Hussman School of Journalism, and has been inducted into the North Carolina Journalism and Media Hall of Fame.