Dr. Lyon holds 4 degrees from Arizona State University including his Ph.D. in Urban Planning. His current focus is on the environmental impacts of urbanization and globalization.
His career in public service includes work for the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, KAET-TV, City of Scottsdale, Maricopa County, and the State of Arizona. In the private sector Dr. Lyon has worked for multiple Wall Street firms including Drexel Burnham Lambert, GE Credit, UBS, Merrill Lynch, and Sabal Financial.
At Embrem Entertainment and Open-Wide Productions Michael was the Executive Producer of 6 feature length films (currently avaiable on NetFlix) and multiple television projects including the documentay "Positive Youth".
Dr. Lyon holds the unique distinction of having 'blown the whistle' on government corruption in Maricopa County in 1996 and, thereafter, obtaining a judgement in his favor (affirmed by the Supreme Court of Arizona) for wrongful termination. Lyon remains an active advocate of integrity in government policy and operations, as well as, Chief Strategist for his consulting enterprise - Chimeric Comapanies.
Demographics as it impacts urbanization, globalization and climate disruption