Challenging Injustice, Advancing Human Rights

Mike Givens

Associate Director of Strategic Communications

Mike Givens joined UUSC in June 2018 and co-leads the communications department, where he manages the organization’s brand, media relations, website, social media, and strategic communications planning.

Mike began his career as a journalist at a Boston-area newspaper and transitioned into social justice advocacy in 2008. He spent nearly six years as a communications specialist for the Service Employees International Union Local 1199 advocating for healthcare workers. He went on to become communications and public relations manager for MassEquality, a statewide LGBTQ rights organization. For more than two years, he lead the organization’s communications work and helped secure a number of victories, from electing progressive candidates to office to passing a bill codifying legal protections for transgender people in Massachusetts’ public spaces. He most recently served as the communications manager for The Hyams Foundation, Inc., a philanthropic organization mobilizing resources for racial equity work in Greater Boston.

Mike is also the assistant editor for The Rainbow Times, New England’s largest LGBTQ newspaper, and a contributor to Eastern Bank’s Join Us for Good campaign. He hails from Virginia and holds undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Marketing Management from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism from Boston University.

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