Program Officer, Policy and Research

Michael Bochnovic, Program Officer, Policy & ResearchMichael Bochnovic is the Program Officer with the Policy and Research team at Community Progress, America’s nonprofit leader for turning “Vacant Spaces into Vibrant Places.” 

In this role, Bochnovic leads research and advocacy efforts around state and federal equitable revitalization strategies, working with partner coalitions on focused investments to improve distressed properties, support community health and wellbeing, and close racial wealth and homeownership gaps. Immediately prior to joining Community Progress, was the inaugural Executive Fellow with Urban Strategies, Inc., where he supported leadership development, coordinated advocacy initiatives, and led grant writing and fundraising campaigns for aligned human services programming in neighborhoods undergoing major revitalization efforts. This included collaborating with several dozen partner organizations to implement two $30M Choice Neighborhoods awards in Baltimore and Tulsa, respectively. Bochnovic’s experience also includes a deep background in environmental education, spatial econometric research, and place-based technical assistance.

Bochnovic holds a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University, where his graduate thesis focused on the spatial mismatch hypothesis and equitable, sustainable land use. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and Urban Planning, respectively, from ASU. Bochnovic is a proud Chicago native and graduate of Whitney Young Magnet High School.