Michael K. Brown is a Flint native with more than 35 years of experience in public service in both government and the non-profit sector. He was born and raised in the City of Flint, where he attended and graduated from St. Michael’s School. Michael attended Mott Community College and Saint Louis University earning a Bachelor’s degree in history from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He furthered his education with Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Stockholm in 1974.
Michael returned to Flint in 1974, where he and his wife, Linda, opened a child care center, (Mamas and Papas) which they operated for five years.
He was elected to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and spent four years in county government, chairing the Board in 1983 and 1984. He left the Board of County Commissioners to work for the Michigan Association of Counties, representing the public policy interests of all 83 counties in Michigan. Michael has also worked in Flint Mayor Matt Collier’s administration as Director of Intergovernmental Relations, and Director of Community and Economic Development.
Michael left local government in 1991 to work in the non-profit sector for 17 years. He presided over the Red Cross in Genesee and Lapeer Counties and was President of the United Way of Genesee County in Flint and the Capital Area United Way in Lansing, Michigan. In addition he has served as the Executive Vice President at the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Michael returned to local government to become acting Mayor of Flint in February 2009, upon the resignation of the serving Mayor. He held the position for six months until the election of a new mayor in August 2009.
In September 2009, Brown established the Flint Area Reinvestment Office (FARO), to provide technical assistance to public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The primary focus of FARO is to seek grants and utilize federal and state funding for Flint area initiatives. FARO is supported with funds from Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Ruth Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, and the United Way of Genesee County.
Michael was later tapped by Governor Snyder to lead the City of Flint as Emergency Manager, to set Flint on a course of long term financial solvency.
He and his wife Linda have been married 40 years. They are parents to five children, who were educated in the Flint Community Schools, and grandparents to two grandchildren.