Michael J. Torra

Managing Principal


Michael joined The Raben Group as a principal in our Washington, DC office in 2009 and moved to the West Coast in 2015 to lead our California office. Michael draws on his years of experience in the political arena to help clients navigate the political and policy-making process, develop and effectively articulate their public policy priorities, and anticipate and forecast the outlook for the issues they care about.

Michael has always been inspired by the desire to fight injustice. When a U.S. senator, motivated purely by his antipathy toward gay people, tried to block the nomination of the first openly gay U.S. ambassador, Michael made the decision to enter politics. He worked on congressional campaigns in four southwestern states and spent a decade on Capitol Hill working for various members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, including as Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Linda Sánchez.

At The Raben Group, he has advised foundations and nonprofit organizations on their efforts to expand access to affordable health care, cultivate a broader understanding about LGBT people of color, reform the criminal justice system, and advance more humane immigration policies, among other issues. He has also helped clients identify opportunities for new partnerships and built coalitions of diverse stakeholders to advance the confirmation of high profile nominees to the Supreme Court and President Barack Obama’s cabinet. Michael’s current clients include The California Endowment, the California Community Foundation, and Charter Communications.

Michael is a graduate of Occidental College and received his master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. An abstract and non-representational painter, Michael brings a creative and thoughtful approach to all his endeavors, whether in art or in politics.