Michael Lenihan

Founder + CEO, Public Sentiment

United States

Mike Lenihan is Founder and CEO of Public Sentiment. Mike's mission is building trust between people. Through Public Sentiment, he is helping marginalized people be heard, and helping people on opposing sides of big issues better understand one another.

Mike has lived life on both sides of a big issue himself – he came out in the middle of the US marriage equality battle. It took Mike thirty years to find his voice and to use it. This formative experience shapes Mike's work bridging social divides and correcting misperceptions to reduce destructive conflict.

Before wearing an entrepreneur hat, Mike worked at the Clinton Global Initiative. He also worked for the policy think tank European Stability Initiative in Berlin and Istanbul, and for Hattaway Communications, doing research and message development for progressive organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s in Public Policy and Law, and a Master’s in International Affairs, specializing in international conflict resolution.


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