Director of the Governor’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives
State of Michigan
Hollins is a Michigan strategist on urban revitalization. As the director of Michigan’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, he serves as a principal advisor to Governor Rick Snyder on matters related to urban and regional economic initiatives that contribute to job and population growth.
Michigan’s Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, established in September 2011, is based in Detroit and operates regional satellite offices in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and previously Flint. OUMI works closely with state departments, local governments, the foundation community and the business sector to establish policies and create a framework to maximize the state’s role in urban economic development in Michigan.
As a member of Governor Snyder’s senior staff, Hollins’ work focuses on public safety, education, municipal finance, housing, transportation, workforce development and other such efforts in Michigan’s urban cities. In January 2016, Governor Snyder appointed Hollins as co-chair of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee. This committee was established to facilitate the collaboration and communication between state departments, local governments and subject matter experts necessary to effectively coordinate a response to the Flint water crisis.
Throughout his career, he has engaged local, state and federal decision makers to improve the lives of Michigan residents.
- As Wayne State University’s vice president for Government and Community Affairs, he served as the university’s chief lobbyist on legislative and political affairs, interfacing on behalf of the university with federal, state and local officials. His work there secured nearly $200 million dollars for research and capital improvements for the university. In addition, he was Wayne State University’s lead in the creation of the University Research Corridor, a collaboration between Wayne State University, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.
- As the director of Government Affairs for AARP Michigan, Hollins successfully lobbied numerous issues impacting seniors in several states as well as in Congress. One signature law that he’s proud of is the creation of Michigan’s “do not call” law. Harvey also participated as AARP Michigan’s liaison to the 1998 White House Conference on Social Security.
- As a senior fiscal analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives, he was responsible for developing the budgets for the former Departments of Commerce and Labor and the Michigan Jobs Commission.
Hollins serves on various boards, committees and advisory groups, including the Detroit Regional Workforce Fund, Detroit Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Mosaic Youth Theater. He also served as the past board chair of the Detroit Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.
In 2012, he received the leadership award from the 100 Black Men of Greater Detroit organization and was an inaugural member of the Michigan Chronicle’s Men of Excellence in 2008. He’s also the recipient of the Catherine A. Smith award for Human Rights from Kalamazoo.
Hollins was born in South Haven, Mich. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He’s also a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Prince Hall Masons.
Hollins was appointed to the HAP board in 2012.