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Michael Spanier

Professional Services (Contract)

Specialties: Organizational Development, Writing and Editing, Analysis (Policy and Fiscal), Home- and Community-Based Services, Senior Services, Government Experience (Executive and Legislative), Conflict Resolution, and Mediation

Home Base: Santa Fe, NM

Michael Spanier has distinguished himself in a 30-year career, working as an analyst with the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, as well as budget director for the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. Between 2004 and 2010, he served as deputy cabinet secretary and cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services department. Michael was also chief operating officer of a national firm supporting the delivery of services to seniors and those living with disabilities. Michael provides independent consulting services and is currently working with New Mexico’s Bernalillo and Santa Fe counties in their implementation of Behavioral Health Initiatives.

Michael has combined his extensive policy, legislative, fiscal, and analytical background; his work with seniors and those living with disabilities; his communication expertise; his balanced approach to facilitation and oversight; and his focus on organizational development to address complex and challenging projects. One such project was leading the transition of the 50-employee Agency on Aging to the 300-employee, cabinet-level, New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services department.

In each of these capacities, Michael has displayed an unwavering commitment to optimizing limited resources and maximizing productivity. He effectively combines a philosophy of “doing more with less” with a leadership approach that motivates individuals and organizations toward their highest potential and services toward their most effective delivery.

Michael’s unique combination of administrative leadership experience and aging and long-term services and supports expertise enables him to bring a variety of perspectives to client engagements. He is strongly focused on resolving complex issues spanning health care and social services in the context of true collaboration.

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Michael firmly embraces Optimetra’s core values. Read his thoughts on Integrity.

Michael Spanier
Your present circumstances don't determine where you go; they merely determine where you start. – Nido Qubein