Meet Mikey: Accessibility Product Manager
Michaelangelo, “Mikey”, is a Product Manager on Comcast’s Accessibility Team. The Philly native has a background in web design and development and now works with product teams to ensure Xfinity's offerings are well-designed for customers using assistive technology.
Mikey sat down for a quick Q&A about his role at Comcast and what it’s like working on his team.
Q: How did you get started in the technology field?
As a kid, I collected stuff—everything from stamps to coins, and even vegetable seeds from our family’s garden. Aside from that, I spent far too much time watching TV. The internet replaced television in my teenage years, and that fundamentally changed my life. I went on to attend the Art Institute of Philadelphia and obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Multimedia & Web Design.
I started at Comcast as a contractor in 2014. Working on web experiences on an enterprise scale and being able to work in the city were the two biggest factors for taking the consulting role.
Making the move from Web Developer to Accessibility Product Manager was a pivotal moment in my career. In this role, I’m able to lean on my personal strengths, but also incorporate my years of professional experience.
Q: What does your typical workday look like?
Most days, I have several syncs with my accessibility teammates about our current initiatives and priorities. Throughout the day, I meet with various design, engineering, and product leads to ensure that accessibility is a part of their strategy and process. On a more detailed level, I work with teams on using design and technology to create a quality product for all our customers, including those with disabilities.
Q: What is the best part of your job?
Every day I get to solve design problems and help others become better problem solvers themselves. My whole job is focused on championing accessibility and being as inclusive as possible for people with disabilities. Connecting disability inclusion with the broader definition of inclusion is something I am very passionate about.
Q: What else are you passionate about?
I’m very passionate about design, technology, social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. I ended up at the intersection of all of these things and so I’m able to take the passion I have for these topics outside of work into my daily life at Comcast.
Q: Fun fact about yourself?
One of the hobbies I picked up during the pandemic was the collection and propagation of rare houseplants, some of which are visible behind me via video calls!