Since 2017, Mike Sertic has been president of Advocates for Self-Government, a 501c(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1985. The Advocates’ mission is to equip people to understand, embrace, and advocate the social values of self-government.
Mike was born and raised in East Sacramento in 1985, where he attended Sacred Heart Elementary School. He then attended Jesuit High School in Carmichael, CA, where he graduated in 2003. After completing coursework at Sac City college, the transferred to California State University, taking classes based on his core interests including business, history, psychology, philosophy, and economics.
Following the financial crisis and recession in 2008, Mike settled on economics as a major. In the wake of bank bailouts, widespread economic disruptions, and the 2008 election, Mike was exposed to libertarian ideas from actual libertarians–not the libertarianism portrayed by the media and maligned by its malcontents.
Mike received his B.A. degree in economics from California State University, Sacramento, and as a student, he founded and organized an active Students For Liberty group and served on SFL’s national executive board. In 2010, he was an outspoken critic the Affordable Care Act and mandatory, coercive policies that force citizens to purchase health care insurance
Prior to joining the Advocates, he worked at The Morning Star Company’s Self-Management Institute, a research and education organization focused on the development of superior systems and principles for attracting, developing, and organizing people in productive enterprise. He also worked for the Foundation for Harmony & Prosperity, a private foundation dedicated to advancing a social philosophy based specific principles of human relationships that promote human happiness, harmony, and prosperity for all people.
Mike lives in Foresthill, CA near Tahoe National Forest. His hobbies include gardening, DIY home improvement projects, reading, target shooting and reloading, and hiking with his dog, Tucker.