Like many others, Michael Sutphin moved to Blacksburg to attend Virginia Tech and decided to stay in town after graduation. He was elected to the Blacksburg Town Council in 2011 and re-elected in 2015.
In college, Michael worked as a news editor and reporter for the Collegiate Times and even covered the local government beat. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communication in 2006, he landed a job with his alma mater. Michael worked for five years as a writer for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and then for six years as public relations coordinator for the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2017, Michael accepted a position with an affordable housing nonprofit.
Michael represents the town on several local and regional committees, including the Blacksburg Planning Commission and New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, and is a member of numerous civic and community organizations. He completed the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioner Program in 2019. Michael is also a past chair of Equality Virginia, the state’s leading LGBT advocacy organization.
Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Michael split his formative years between the suburbs of Asheville, North Carolina and Williamsburg, Virginia.