Mike Knapp

Mike Knapp

CEO and Co-Founder

Mike has more than 20 years of experience in technology, public policy and local government. He recently served two terms on the County Council of Montgomery County, MD, and was elected Council President, which gives him first-hand insight into how creating a pipeline of skilled workers that match the needs of local and regional employers can stimulate the economy.

Before founding SkillSmart, Mike founded Orion Ventures, a consulting firm providing strategic guidance to public and private sector organizations. Prior to that, he managed business development at Celera, the National Center for Genome Resources, and The Institute for Genomic Research, and served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Peter V. Domenici of New Mexico.

A graduate of The College of William and Mary, and a 10-year officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, Mike furthers his passion for public service by serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Montgomery College, as Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Universities at Shady Grove, co-chair of Montgomery Moving Forward and as a member of the board of the Healthcare Initiative Foundation and Identity, Inc.

In addition to learning through classroom, work experience and community engagement, Mike built his skills in planning, operations and teamwork as a volunteer member of the Montgomery County, MD Urban Search and Rescue Team.