Executive Director, Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development
Michael Brown is the Executive Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development, appointed by Governor Steve Sisolak on November 4, 2019. This is Mr. Brown’s second cabinet-level appointment in the Sisolak Administration as he previously served as the Director of the Department of Business & Industry.
Mr. Brown brings vast experience to the Sisolak Administration. Previously, he held two roles at Barrick Gold of North America, the world’s largest gold mining company. First, he served as the Vice President of U.S. Public Affairs before becoming the president of the organization. In addition, he served eight years under President Ronald Reagan at the U.S. Treasury as Special Assistant to the Director of the United States Mint and the U.S. Mint’s Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee under U.S. Senator Harry Reid. He started his career in the Ohio House of Representatives, working for Representative William Batchelder.
A first-generation college student, Mr. Brown attended Lorain County Community College before earning a bachelor’s degree in Labor & Industrial Relations at Ohio State University and a master’s degree in Business from George Washington University.
His dedication and passion have been recognized in many forms. In 2015, he received the Civitas Laurel award from the Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow. In 2016, the Latin Chamber of Commerce recognized him as a Señores of Distinction. In 2017, Mr. Brown was recognized as an Education Hero by the Public Education Foundation, and in 2018 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Lorain County Community College.
Currently, Mr. Brown serves as a board member for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, Public Education Foundation, and Nevada Ballet Theatre.