Adam Reames, Management Consultant

Adam is an accomplished administrator, policy expert, and legislative attorney. He has an exceptional ability to assess complex organizations and processes, define strategic initiatives accordingly, and support those priorities with comprehensive, measurable goals and strategies. Adam excels at creating effective, collaborative teams. He builds relationships, aligns diverse interests toward common priorities, and manages internal and external communications to maximize transparency and results. Adam draws on a broad intellectual background and diverse practical experience to create innovative solutions.

Adam is currently the Director of Legislative Policy for the Michigan Secretary of State, where he manages the legislative priorities for the Department of State. He works with the department to create strategic initiatives in election law, customer service, and regulatory relations. He leads these initiatives through effective communications and relationship building with legislative offices and leaders to achieve department goals.

From 2009 to 2019, Adam served as the Assistant Secretary of the Michigan Senate, the senior Democratic legislative administrator of the Senate. Adam managed the Senate’s legislative process, including running regular Senate sessions and overseeing production of the Senate’s daily calendars and journals. He has managed the Senate’s shared services organization which provides finance, human resources, IT, security, media, and facilities services to the 38 Senators’ offices and central Senate Staff offices. Adam led a number of major operational improvements, including a reorganization of the shared services organization, resulting in enhanced services to Senate offices and significant budget savings.

Prior to 2009, Adam was a Government Policy Advisor for Dykema Gosset, PLLC, lobbying and coordinating public relations campaigns for a wide-range of clients including renewable energy advocates, insurance carriers, transportation industries, and local municipalities. As a Legislative Liaison for the Michigan Department of Transportation, he advanced MDOT’s legislative priorities in Lansing and built public support for local projects. Adam also previously served both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives as a Policy Analyst, where he led major legislative reforms in insurance and retirement, prepared Senators and Representatives for votes and public appearances, and prepared briefs on environmental policy and appropriations for the DNR and DEQ.

Education and Professional Associations

Adam has a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School (1999-2002), a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University (1995-1997), and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Anthropology from the University of Michigan School of Literature, Science, and Arts (1990-1993). He has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 2002, and of the Association of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries since 2008.