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Michael R. Smith Profile


Michael R. Smith is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Innovate+Educate, a national non-profit. Michael has over 30 years of experience in executive leadership, business systems design and deployment, operations management, and human capital development.

Michael retired from the City of Albuquerque after 28 years of public service. During that tenure he founded and directed Public Service University. He also was associate director of a solid waste department and held several other executive leadership positions in human resources, organizational/workforce development, criminal justice, and government operations. Mike is an aggressive problem-solver and solutions-focused leader. He is known for his ability to facilitate through challenging community/business issues and lead stakeholders towards consensus and sound solutions. He has operated his own consulting practice since 1999, providing business system development, strategic/operations management, and learning system design for numerous federal, state, and county agencies, and private sector clients in the entertainment and hospitality, casino, retail, manufacturing, healthcare, call center, higher education, and electronics industry.

Mike has been a successful business owner/entrepreneur for three decades and served on several national and regional board of directors for non-profits. Since 2003, Michael has been an adjunct professor, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in business, leadership, sociology, and psychology. He is a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.