About J. Michael Graglia

Mike Graglia is the managing director & co-founder of the SynGAP Research Fund (SRF). In May of 2018 his son was diagnosed with a rare neurological disease caused by an insufficiency in SynGAP protein and causes the life-changing diagnosis of Epilepsy, Autism, sleep disorder and intellectual disability. Later that year Mike and his wife created SRF. A year later, Mike left his job and now focuses completely on SRF. The mission of SRF is to improve the quality of life of SynGAP1 patients through the research and development of treatments, therapies and support systems.

Previously, Mike worked at the Emerson Collective, New America Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BCG, the World Bank/IFC and the US Peace Corps/Namibia. During his time in Africa he created a small charity to fund girls' education.

Mike graduated from Gonzaga University with a BS in mathematics. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Columbia Business School.

Mike & his wife Ashley live in Palo Alto with their two sons.


  • BS in Math and Computer Science, Gonzaga University
  • MA in Southeast Asia and International Economics, Johns Hopkins University
  • MBA in Business, Columbia University

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Work History

  • Managing Director & Co-Founder, SynGAP Research Fund (SRF)
  • Projects Officer, International Finance Corporation/World Bank Group
  • Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group
  • Senior Financial Manager, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Senior Manager - Strategy & Transformation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Director, Future of Property Rights, New America
  • Director of Budget & Business Intelligence, Emerson Collective

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