Dynamic former three-term state legislator, multi-state lobbyist, and MPP candidate with 12+ years of experience in public policy at the local, state, and federal levels. Proven record of collaborating cross-functionally across teams, building relationships with stakeholders, developing advocacy strategies, and advancing business priorities. Strong ability to:
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop policy priorities in line with critical metrics and KPIs
Draft advocacy materials and related messaging points, testimony, and other policy materials for relevant stakeholders
Work in concert with senior leadership to identify and foster relationships with key associations and industry partners
Legislative Tracking | Public Policy Analysis | Direct Lobbying | Public Relations | Public Speaking | Presentations | Talking Points | Strategic Partnerships | Communications | Stakeholder Engagement | Multi-State Advocacy | Messaging | Op-Eds | Factsheets | ESG
| Talking Points | Testimony | Executive Briefings | Sustainability | Health Technology | Privacy & AI Policy | Insurance | Financial Services
State Representative | District 24 | (term-limited)
Elected in 2016 and reelected in 2018 and 2020 (three terms). Served ~ 95,000 constituents:
Chairman of the Committee on Commerce (two terms), supervised and managed ~10 legislative and committee staff, drafting attorneys, and one of three Members to serve on both the Appropriations Committee and policy committees.
Successfully lobbied the Governor to expand healthcare through telehealth platforms during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Lead economic incentive projects in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to strategically align policymakers resulting in record-breaking investments from 2020 to 2022.
Authored over 20 Public Acts including legislation to modernize government procurement, regulate cryptocurrency, bolster economic development incentives, aid small businesses, and promote economic diversification.
Negotiated and secured a $5 billion investment for the second-largest collocated data center in the US.
Chief advocate for small-business acceleration package to aid with state grants, entrepreneurial growth, and procurement.
January 2017 – January 2023
County Commissioner | District 10
Defeated incumbent of 20 years. 2nd youngest elected to directly serve ~72,000 residents in the state’s third-largest county:
Elected as only one of three officers of the Board of Commissioners, collectively served ~ 900,000 residents, and ~ 2,400 employees, managed an annual $1+ billion budget, and Chaired the Justice & Public Safety Committee.
Saved $2.1 million in road funding and reduced annual maintenance costs by $230,000 by eliminating redundancies and strategically engaging internal stakeholders, community leaders, and local government agencies.
Mount Clemens, MI
January 2015 – January 2017
Campaign Finance Strategies LLC
President and Founder
Structured a successful multistate government affairs firm and portfolio of multinational clients for direct lobbying, drafting advocacy materials, building relationships with trade associations, and influencing legislation:
Devised government relations strategies and key partnerships with industry and trade associations.
Directed political action committees (PAC), drafted testimony and policy briefs, and lobbied legislators in eight states.
Mount Clemens, MI
May 2014 – December 2016
Government Relations Consultant
Consulted company on multi-state government affairs strategies, managed external consultants and lobbyists, administered PAC operations, and briefed C-level executives on policy developments:
Identified, monitored, and summarized federal and state legislation and regulations, spearheaded special projects including the Brighter Futures advocacy campaign, and commissioned a study to quantify preventable ER utilization.
Directly represented the company on industry associations and trade associations such as the National Association of Dental Plans’ Government Relations and Research Commissions and issues such as ACA/Medicaid expansion.
May 2014 – September 2016
Government Relations Coordinator & PAC Manager
Assumed newly created role to oversee multi-state and federal government affairs, manage external consultants, and advocated for one of the nation’s largest dental insurance companies and the Health Kids Dental (HKD) program:
Collaborated cross-functionally with Corporate Communications, Marketing, Finance, Legal, Sales, and other business units on government affairs, community outreach, media relations, messaging, communications, and branding.
Facilitated the expansion of the HKD and Medicaid/CHIP programs with the state departments after successfully lobbying the Legislature to administer the program and expand to all 83 counties over three administrations.
May 2012 – May 2014
President and Chairman
Served as Chief Executive Officer, Student Liaison to MSU’s of Trustees, and Chairman of the General Assembly:
Managed 108 employees, 3 attorneys, ~ $2.2 million in annual tax revenue and investments, represented ~47,000 students, and supervised Central Staff, Event Planning, Government Affairs, and Communications Departments.
Successfully spearheaded HB 4393 (Medical Amnesty) through the Michigan Legislature and Administration.
Vastly increased MSU’s student voter turnout from 1.8% to roughly 10% of the student body through targeted marketing, strategic partnerships with non-governmental organizations, and cutting-edge advocacy efforts.
East Lansing, MI
April 2011 – May 2012
Michigan State University | East Lansing, MI
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) | Economics | 2012
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) | Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy | 2012
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) | Public Policy and Public Administration | 2012
Honors: Student Body President | Liaison to the MSU Board of Trustees | Dean’s List | Men’s Lacrosse
L'Anse Creuse Community Action Coalition | Clinton Township, MI | February 2002 - July 2018
Co-Chairperson | July 2015 - July 2018
Secretary | July 2014 - July 2015
Member | February 2002 - July 2018
Panelist | “Post-Pandemic Economic Development” | Michigan Economic Developers’ Association | March 2021
Keynote Speaker, “Leadership Symposium” | James Madison College at Michigan State University | 2019 - 2020
Guest Lecturer, “Student Leadership Development ” (EAD 315) | Michigan State University | 2011 – 2014