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Mike Aitken was appointed Senior Vice President for Membership in 2018 after 15 years leading SHRM's successful advocacy programs as Vice President of Government Affairs.

Mike is a leading authority on the issues important to the human resource profession and drives SHRM's membership vision, ensuring excellent member experiences, and implementing the organization's newly developed business strategy.

He applies his proven model of engagement to shape the future of work, workers and workplaces. He is an expert relationship-builder across diverse constituencies and stakeholders, always seeking out the "win-win" in every situation.

As a member of SHRM's senior management team, Mike also plays a key role in setting the strategic direction of the organization, offering important counsel on SHRM's educational programs and professional development opportunities.

Prior to joining SHRM in 2003, he spent 14 years with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), which represents more than 23,000 HR professionals at over 1,900 higher education institutions.

In 2015 and 2016, Mike served as an employer representative on the U.S. delegation to the International Labour Conference.

Mike currently serves as a board member for OpenWork. He is also a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Labor Relations Committee.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Diego.

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Articles by Mike Aitken


Last month, I had the pleasure of welcoming almost 1,000 of our Volunteer Leaders to SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Business Meeting (VLBM). This was near-record attendance for this yearly event.

December 16, 2019

There are many quotes used to describe the long hours, effort, dedication and work of volunteers in giving to their HR community.  To me, this one best describes the work of SHRM volunteers: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”

Some say this quote came from Pablo Picasso others say it was William Shakespeare. Regardless of source, it describes SHRM volunteers perfectly.

April 11, 2019



What is the value of a SHRM membership? Why should someone become a member? Even more, why should anyone maintain their membership?

December 12, 2018

In just a few days, hundreds of delegates will assemble in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention. SHRM and our strategic affiliate, the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), will be there. We will also be at the Democratic Convention the week after in Philadelphia when they nominate their candidate for the White House.

July 15, 2016



2015 was indeed a banner year for HR advocacy, and we’re certain that 2016 will be just as active, if not more so, due to the fact that it’s a presidential election year and there are a number of workplace regulatory actions that will be advanced  by the Obama administration in the coming months. Below are the items that make up the Top 10 accomplishments for SHRM HR advocacy in 2015:

January 8, 2016

SHRM’s Premier Legislative Conference and Advocacy Day are Around the Corner – Your Chance to Make a Big Difference to the World of HR

March 16, 2015

The November 2014 midterm elections brought significant changes to the leadership of Congress that will undoubtedly impact the workplace. When the 114th Congress—one of the most diverse in history—convenes in January, new leaders in both chambers will move forward with issues that will impact HR professionals.

December 22, 2014

SHRM’s Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Aitken shares his thoughts on key issues in the 2012 political landscape that relate to HR professionals. 

February 27, 2012

Mike Aitken discusses future issues for the U.S. workforce. 

September 8, 2010