Michael bonds is currently the Department Chairperson for the Educational Policy and Community Studies Department. He has served in that position since 2013. He is also, the president of the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) School Board since 2009 and a member of the MPS Board since 2007.
In addition, Michael Bonds has served as a senior fiscal review analyst for the City of Milwaukee, giving him extensive experience in research, public policy analyses and fiscal analyses. He also served as an adjunct professor in the community education program at UWM. Bonds was also chairman of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) from 2009-2012 and continues to be Executive Director of Milwaukee Partnership Academic (2009-present). He has particular interest in and knowledge of community development issues, federal grants for community-based organizations and city agencies such as Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, urban problems and policies, race and ethnicity, history of African-American education, and the distribution of scarce public resources.
Bonds' research interests include community development issues, community problems and urban policies and analysis, public resource distributions, and issues related to African-American education. He earned an M.S. in urban affairs, an M.P.A. in public administration, and a Ph.D. in urban studies from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.