Michael Diaz's journey is a testament to resilience and dedication. Born in Colombia, he and his family made the courageous decision to immigrate to the United States in the early '90s, seeking refuge from the civil unrest that plagued their homeland. This meant leaving behind the successful business his dad had built from the ground up along with three of his adult brothers. They settled in Athens, Georgia, where his dad had gone to college, and where Michael finished high school and followed his dad’s footsteps.
A proud University of Georgia Double Dawg, Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering and a Master of Science in Biological Engineering. His graduate research focused on innovative technologies for wastewater treatment, sparking a lifelong commitment to water conservation resources. He turned his passion into a career as a Civil Engineer specializing in Water and Wastewater. Currently serving as the Vice President and State of Georgia Area Manager for a multinational professional consulting firm, his expertise in this vital field is recognized throughout the industry.
Beyond his professional achievements, Michael's dedication to the community shines brightly. He has consistently collaborated with lake, river, and creek cleanup organizations, exemplifying his commitment to environmental stewardship. As a member of the Peachtree Creek Greenway Board of Directors, Michael played a crucial role in driving legislative changes and securing funds for the construction of the first mile of this park on Buford Highway, which provides wellness and recreational opportunities and will eventually serve as a transportation alternative connecting to Path 400 and the Atlanta Beltline. Michael has also honed his leadership skills through his participation in Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Georgia and the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL).
Michael's devotion extends to his wife of 23 years, and their 21-year-old daughter, all of whom share a profound passion for this great country (of which he became a citizen in 2000), the State of Georgia, Brookhaven, and their Latinx heritage. Indeed, all family members have generously volunteered their time and resources to support a wide range of charitable, advocacy, and business non-profits, as well as political candidates who champion the values they hold dear. For fun, Michael and his family (including their Mini-Aussie Buster) participate in outdoors activities like hiking, camping, kayaking, SUP'ing, and fly fishing.