Stories of Service Podcast hosted by Theresa Carpenter

Naval Officer turned Political Reformer – Mike Cantwell

Theresa Carpenter

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From the little league coach to the former addict helping those still struggling, hear from people from all walks of life how they show up as a vessel for service and drive for transformational change.

The S.O.S. (Stories of Service) – Ordinary people who do extraordinary work Podcast hosted by Theresa Carpenter, a 27-year active duty U.S. naval officer who found service was the path to unlocking trauma and unleashing your inner potential.

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Naval Officer turned Political Reformer - Mike Cantwell

S.O.S. (Stories of Service) - Ordinary people who do extraordinary work - Edition 107

Military service members are often the best people to serve in office or work political reform.  It’s hardwired into us not to sit idly by when we see injustice, making us a powerful coalition when we take on institutional reform.

My next guest dedicates his time to this as his chosen calling. He is on a mission to fix what he calls a dysfunctional political system.  Mike Cantwell is currently the Virginia Task Force Lead for Veterans for All Voters and was the Vice President for FairVote Virginia and the DC Chapter leader for Unite America.

Mike recently retired from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). From 2010 to 2023, Mike served as a Collaboration Branch Chief, a Strategy Manager, a Partner Engagement Office, a Program Manager for an Agency-wide initiative, and as a Branch Chief in the Maritime Safety Office.

From 2004 to 2010, Mike worked for Booz Allen and CACI and supported federal government clients such as NGA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Navy.

Mike spent over 28 years in the Navy and Navy Reserves. He was recalled to Active Duty after the terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in 2001 and served as a Watch Office in the Navy Operations Center until he was released from Active Duty in 2023. Mike retired as a Commander in 2015.

Mike Cantwell is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from George Washington University.

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