Mike Dozier currently operates his own consulting firm, Mike Dozier Consulting. Mr. Dozier previously served as the Executive Director of the Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) at Fresno State, and the Lead Executive of the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley from 2009 to 2017. He served as Director of Community and Economic Development with the City of Clovis, California from 1992 to 2009.
Under Mr. Dozier’s leadership, OCED established and administered the San Joaquin Rural Development Center, San Joaquin Valley Broadband Consortium, the Community and Regional Planning Center, Fresno State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and the San Joaquin Valley Regional Industry Cluster Initiative. OCED authored and was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the federally designated Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) called AgPLUS. OCED partners with the California Association for Local Economic Development and the International Economic Development Council to conduct the annual Introduction to Economic Development Certificate course.
The Partnership is an 8 county regional collaborative established by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2005 to addressing issues affecting the Valley in 10 areas of focus: Economic Development, Workforce Development/Higher Education, Housing, PreK-12 Education, Broadband, Health and Wellness, Air Quality, Energy, Water Quality/Supply, and Sustainable Communities. The 45-member Partnership Board is made up of 8 private sector and 8 elected officials representing the 8 counties of the San Joaquin Valley. The Board also includes specialty agencies and individuals in the 10 issue areas, as well as the 8 State of California cabinet Secretaries. The Partnership provides a unique and on-going relationship between local and regional leaders and the State of California.
Mr. Dozier is past-VP of the California Association of Local Economic Development (CALED) – 2015-2017, and past-president of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) –2014-15. He currently is serving on the UC Merced SBDC Advisory Committee.