Harvey Hollins III, Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives, State of Michigan
Harvey Hollins III is Director of the State of Michigan's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives (OUMI). He serves as a principal advisor to Governor Rick Snyder on matters related to urban and regional economic initiatives that contribute to job growth.
Michigan's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives is based in Detroit and operates three regional satellite offices located in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Flint. OUMI is NOT a constituent services operation; rather, OUMI works closely with all state departments, the foundation community, and business sector to establish policies and to create the strategic framework to maximize the state's role in urban economic development in Michigan.
Hollins previously served as Wayne State University's Vice President for Government and Community Affairs for seven years. In this capacity, 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. He also previously served as a fiscal analyst for the Michigan House of Representatives where he was responsible for developing budgets for the former Departments of Commerce, Labor and the Michigan Jobs Commission.
His board and committee service includes: the Urban League of Detroit and Southeast Michigan, Detroit LISC, Forgotten Harvest and Mosaic Youth Theater. In 2012, he received the leadership award from the 100 Black Men Greater Detroit.
Hollins 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 is a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Hollins was appointed to the HAP board in 2011 and reappointed in 2013.