Michael AresJimmy Shafe





Executive Director
Project HEAR Us Foundation

Michael Ares is an award winning communications professional with 35 years of experience building strong corporate reputations, brand identity and multi-faceted coalitions across a broad range of industries and disciplines. As an early member of start-up teams in Silicon Valley, Michael led the private and public financing of a number of successful technology enterprises developing new cooperative technologies and methodologies that helped expand the growth of valuable business and societal initiatives. Recently, Michael architected the design and development of the HEAR website and partner outreach, and helped lead the creation of the Project HEAR Us Foundation. An alumnae and Masters instructor at the University of California, Berkeley, Michael was also an NCAA nationally competitive all-around gymnast and has coached collegiate, high school and elite youth gymnasts across the country.