Michael Ward Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
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. 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, African-American Business Leaders for Excellence (ABLE), which focused on the upward mobility of Oracle Black employees in the United States, Canada, and Brazil.
After Oracle, Michael transitioned to ADP where he learned the impact human capital management (HCM) has on a company’s sustainability, culture, and productivity. Before leading AUTM full-time, Michael spent some time in Austin’s startup ecosystem managing operations for Primal7, a fitness tech company. Before starting his tech career, 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.