Professional Profile • 25 Years of Service

Cliff Michaels is a financier, real estate broker, social entrepreneur, and education activist. For 25 years, he’s also been a writer and founder of companies ranging from technology and strategic consulting to private equity investments. His philanthropic work supports the arts, global learning, kids at risk, health care, and the environment.

Cliff Michaels & Associates was launched in 1992 to provide a network of brokers, lenders, and strategists for creatives, investors, and entrepreneurs. The firm has closed nearly a billion dollars in transactions from residential and commercial projects to emerging technology start ups.

Pioneering: In 1999, Cliff co-founded the world’s first online platform to feature digital-notary technology — FirstUse Registry. The start-up raised the bar for dispute resolution worldwide. From 1996-2004, Cliff also served as President, Forum Trainer, and Education Chair of the Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization (YEO, LA Chapter). Cliff developed the chapter’s first mentor programs and philanthropic galas. Known as “EO” since 2005, the juggernaut has over 13,000+ members in 57 countries and 181 chapters (2018 stats).

Education Activism: Recognizing a huge gap in the multi-billion-dollar field of Learning Management Systems (LMS), Cliff created the Easy-Teach LMS Plug-In for WordPress. Instructors, schools, and corporations will soon have an affordable and customizable solution for creating and providing online courses without the typical cost and aggravation of legacy software. A successful EasyTeach beta was conducted at Incubate USC in 2018. Learn more about the product launch at

NY Times & WSJ Bestseller! Cliff’s debut as an author, The 4 Essentials (A Misfit’s Journey to Mindset, Strategies, Values & Purpose) launched #1 on Amazon. This street-smart memoir includes Cliff’s personal journey with insight about dozens of famous mentors. The book presents a paradigm shift in global education & entrepreneurship (audio, e-book & paperback).

Music, Film & Television: A ghostwriter and career consultant to entertainment clients over his career, Cliff is writing and co-producing his first film project and series on creative artists and innovators — the Pilot features break-out Creative Artists who impact education, economics, health, prison reform, and happiness worldwide.

Giving Back: Cliff provides FREE workshops and E-courses for personal & professional growth. Topics include self & team discovery, career & resume tips, goal & project planning, social intelligence, forum training, negotiation, entrepreneurship, and basic money mastery.

Personal: Cliff and his rescue pup Lucy live in Los Angeles. Passions include  yoga, music, films, storytelling, and shenanigans at any dog park.