Michael Drum currently serves the IVMF as the National Program Coordinator for the Onward to Opportunity program. Here he provides administrative and communications support for the national leadership team as well as his nationally dispersed teammates situated at 19 DOD installations. He also streamlines program scheduling, assists the team with addressing budgetary concerns, and tackles other complex problems. Drum joined the IVMF to support military families and assist men and women across the country who’ve devoted their lives to a higher purpose.
Drum previously served the IVMF as a coordinator on the Enrollment Services Team. In this role, he worked closely with active duty and transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses. His responsibilities included addressing their inquiries and providing guidance and support relating to the program offerings and placement at IVMF.
Prior to joining the IVMF, Drum served six years in the Marine Corps Reserve where he attained the rank of Sergeant. Serving as an Infantry Scout Squad Leader with Echo Company, 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (based out of Syracuse, NY), he earned a variety of skills in small unit leadership, force security, mentoring, as well as minor cultural exchange experience in South Africa and the Kingdom of Morocco.
In the spring of 2017, Drum earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from the State University of New York at Cortland. Outside of his analytical research and writings, he interned at a local military museum (CNY Living History Center – Cortland, NY) where he was a research assistant, curator, and provided undergrad tours. Michael is currently pursuing his Executive Masters of International Relations (EMIR) at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. During his free time, Drum enjoys playing basketball, sprint training, cooking, and watching standup comedy with his black labrador retriever named Alexandria (Allie).