Michael Gilligan

Michael Gilligan



Urban Catalyst

Boston, MA

Michael is the founder of Urban Catalyst, a private equity venture providing growth and transition capital for businesses generating quality jobs for underserved communities.  Michael has extensive experience partnering with the management teams of growing businesses on strategy, leadership development and driving strong operating performance.  He was a cofounder of Bank of Boston’s captive private equity group and its successor, Heritage Partners, a middle market private equity firm providing transition and growth capital for family- and founder-owned businesses.

Michael is passionate about creating access to opportunity for all, partnering with leading social entrepreneurs committed to new solutions driving impact in poverty alleviation, community development and education reform. 

Michael has served as board chair of LIFT, a poverty alleviation organization that helps community members strengthen the personal, social and financial dimensions of their lives.  He also served as co-chair of The Children’s Room, a grief counseling organization, and sits on the Advisory Boards of City Year’s flagship operation in Boston and USC’s School of Dramatic Arts.