Harris & Associates is excited to announce Michael McCormick has joined its employee-owned firm as President of its Strategic Advisory Services (SAS) Division.
Harris’ SAS Division encompasses industry-leading work in environmental planning and compliance, municipal and special district finance, One Water solutions, and applied technology. Michael will support the ongoing expansion of these services while building new capabilities for Harris in planning, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and management consulting. Michael is also a member of the Harris Executive Leadership Team, where he will spearhead corporate sustainability initiatives and help guide company-wide vision and strategy.
“Michael’s public policy, local knowledge, planning, and climate change leadership is an ideal match for his new role and for the future of Harris,” said Lisa Larrabee, President and CEO of Harris. “Michael’s leadership will undoubtedly help us fulfill our commitment to helping clients address their most complex challenges across the full spectrum of issues that impact their communities.”
Michael comes to Harris from the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) where he served as Senior Planning Advisor, focused on local government land use and climate change efforts, and was one of the lead authors of the 2017 General Plan Guidelines. During his time at the OPR, Michael founded CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program where he was the OPR lead. He helped found the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and cofounded the California Adaptation Forum (CAF).
Michael served as the local government affairs advisor, worked on a variety of legislative efforts, led a number of climate-related priorities, led strategic planning for several OPR focus areas, and supported various policy initiatives such as the Safeguarding California Plan, AB32 Scoping Plan, State Hazard Mitigation Plan, and others. While serving in this role, Michael completed an intergovernmental detail at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as a Deputy Associate Director of Resilience, and as a Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior these efforts, he worked with local governments and special districts across the state of California as a consultant and local government planner. Michael is a fellow of the American Leadership Forum, active in local non-profit and professional organizations, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
For More Information