Michael Bloomfield (Deaf) was born and raised in Waterford, Michigan. He currently lives outside of Seattle, WA with his wife, Nancy (Deaf), who graduated from NTID in 1994 and together, they have four children (all hearing).
As a sophomore at University of Michigan, he got his first summer internship at Aetna Life & Casualty in Hartford, CT, implementing better workflow processes for the payroll department by reducing the number of steps from 112 to 36. More importantly, he hired Doreen Simons-Marquis to teach him American Sign Language during the summer.
In 1988 and 1989, he played Tenor Saxophone for the Michigan Marching Band and performed twice in the Rose Bowl. After transferring to Rochester Institute of Technology, he joined the Mu Zeta chapter of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and was the second President of the chapter. For three years, he performed with the RIT/NTID Dance Company. He graduated in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, and moved to the Seattle area to work at Microsoft for 6 years. He has also worked for the Wizards of the Coast, Eporia, Sogeti, EDS, and Virtuoso.
For the past 5 years, he has worked as a Database Developer at BlackRock designing and developing BlackRock’s internal client relationship management system. BlackRock is the world’s largest asset manager with $3.9 trillion of assets under management and 72 offices around the world.
Every year, he and his wife volunteer at a Christian camp for Deaf children and CODAs in Oregon that recently celebrated its 40th year.
As one of the founders of ButterflyHands.com, he leveraged the power of the internet, to allow anyone to request a Sign Language Interpreter at any time. ButterflyHands.com includes the ability to request an interpreter with online scheduling and secured payment processing. Interpreters are using ButterflyHands.com to manage their schedule with email notifications and submit invoices for services rendered.