Michael A. Finney serves as the senior adviser on economic growth to Governor Rick Snyder. Before that, he was president & CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), a public-private partnership serving as the state's lead agency for business and job growth, talent enhancement, tourism marketing, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. His responsibilities at MEDC also included serving as Governor Rick Snyder’s Economic Growth Group Executive and as president & Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund.
Mike also served as President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK (SPARK), a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan region. He also served as President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester, New York; Vice President, Emerging Business Sectors, MEDC; Senior Vice President & General Manager, Thomson Saginaw; and Assistant City Manager, Saginaw, Michigan.
Mike has served on the board of directors for the State Science & Technology Institute, the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, Governor Snyder’s Talent Investment Board, and the Washtenaw Community College Foundation. He also serves on The University of Michigan, Life Sciences Institute, Office of Technology Transfer and Center for Entrepreneurship, National Advisory Councils.
Mike has received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2008 Saginaw Valley State University Outstanding Alumnus for the College of Business and Management; named by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the 2007 Newsmakers of the Year; and the 2005 Minett Distinguished Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Mike holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.