Michael A. Finney
Board Member, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy
President & CEO
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Michael A. Finney is the President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the State of Michigan's lead economic development agency, and is responsible for executing Governor Snyder's economic development strategy.
Prior to taking the helm at MEDC, Finney 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.
Finney also served as President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester, New York; he also served as Vice President Emerging Business Sectors, and Senior Vice President and General Manager, Thompson Saginaw and Assistant City Manager, Saginaw, Michigan.
Finney currently serves on the board of directors for the State Science & Technology Institute; Trustee for the Washtenaw Community College Foundation and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; The University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, Office of Technology Transfer and College of Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship, National Advisory Councils. He also served on Governor Rick Snyder's Transition Team.
Finney 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 2005 Minett Distinguished Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Finney holds a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.