Michael Sanderson just reached his 25-year anniversary with MACo – close to half that time has been spent as the Association’s Executive Director.
Michael started with MACo in 1994, analyzing policy and advocating for county needs and interests as a member of MACo’s policy team. Prior to his time with MACo, Michael worked as professional staff to the House Ways and Means Committee, and received his degrees in Economics and Public Administration from Syracuse University. He has taught at Anne Arundel County Community College in the Department of Business and Economics.
Michael served several years as MACo’s Legislative Director, leading the policy side of MACo’s activities. In 2009, he was named the Association’s Executive Director. In that role, Michael guides the organization’s legislative and member service offerings, and builds relationship to strengthen MACo’s efforts in Annapolis. He is well-versed not only in local government issues and legislative advocacy, but also in the state’s budget process and taxation system. He has worked directly on issues ranging from voting systems to tax sales, from children’s service reform to substance abuse treatment programs, from land preservation to tax fairness…and most everything in between.
During his time at MACo’s helm, Michael has weathered many a political storm, guiding the Association through revenue shortfalls and tough budget times, ensuring the county voice was heard loud and clear in Annapolis throughout it all.
Under his leadership, the Association’s services have grown exponentially. He has actively cultivated MACo’s communications channels, starting with the creation of MACo’s daily blog and establishing the Association’s social media presence. Most recently, Michael was the driving force behind establishing MACo’s very successful weekly podcast.
Financial offerings and services have also expanded under Michael’s guidance, with the institution of the Corporate Partner Program, Endorsements Program, and OPEB Trust, producing non-dues revenue for the Association and offering lower cost resources for members. MACo’s dues have remained static since 2009 as a result of these additional programs.
Please join the MACo Board of Directors and staff in congratulating Michael on his 25 years working on behalf of Maryland’s counties!