Michael Trailor was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in May 2017 as the Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Prior to that, Governor Janice Brewer appointed Michael as director of the Arizona Department of Housing in May 2009. Before his appointments, Michael served as principal and urban development specialist with Vanguard City Home in Scottsdale, where he developed multiple residential and retail projects.
Michael also owned and managed MDT Holdings, served as the Arizona division president of Centex Homes and owned and managed Gold Key Development Company. He is a former president/life director of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, former chairman of its Multi-Family Housing Council and a former member of the Governor’s Growing Smarter Oversight Council.
During his tenure as director of the Arizona Department of Housing, Michael increased staff capacity and improved policies and procedures to replicate best practices. He has targeted department resources to assist the most vulnerable populations in the state with housing and community revitalization, as well as joined other community leaders in ending homelessness and building more sustainable communities and more options for adults with special needs. Working as director of DES with Governor Ducey and other state agencies, Michael and his team focus on making Arizona the best place to live, work and play. He is also an active and valued member of the First Place AZ advisory board.