Michael Leaser is a senior advisor to the president for SBA Pro-Life America. He most recently served as director of external relations for The Family Foundation of Virginia.
Over the last 20 years, Michael has also worked for the American Enterprise Institute with Michael Novak, the Philanthropy Roundtable, Family Research Council, and The Clapham Group, a Christian consulting firm operating at the intersection of policy and culture.
Michael has worked quite a bit in the culture space. Over three years, he wrote 50 film reviews and culture articles for World magazine. Michael also produced several faith-informed films as an executive at Cave Pictures, including Wildflower, The Ticket, and Silence. During his time in southern California, he was a member of Friends of Abe, the Hollywood conservative network.
The pro-life cause has been near and dear to Michael’s heart since the time of the Casey decision in 1992. He has volunteered as a male peer counselor at three different pregnancy resource centers. His master’s thesis compared the attitude of the early church on abortion with the positions of the Catholic church and various Protestant denominations in modern-day America.
Michael holds a B.A. in English and History from Washington and Lee University and an M.A. in Theological and Religious Studies from Drew University. He lives in northern Virginia with his lovely wife, who serves as an upper school history teacher at a classical Christian school, and his four amazing children. He is a big fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, C.S. Lewis, and his wife, but not necessarily in that order.
One of Michael’s favorite quotes is from President Harry Truman: “It is amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.”