Strategic Partnerships, Inc. (SPI) clients benefit from consultant Michael Thompson’s two-plus decades of experience in government. He has expertise in public affairs, relationship management, strategic development, legislative and regulatory rule making advocacy, state and local engagement initiatives, and issues management.
Michael served as director of government and public affairs for subsidiaries of an international oil and gas company, a position he held for eight years. He was responsible for annual strategy for all public efforts in Oklahoma.
From 2012 to 2018, Michael served as chairman of Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association’s Legislative Committee and coordinated annual policy planning for the industry. Earlier in his career, Michael served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and was chosen for key leadership positions including deputy majority whip, chairman of the Transportation Committee, and later chairman of the powerful Energy and Utility Regulation Committee. During his service, he earned a reputation for serving as an effective, positive, persistent, and reasonable public official who could work across the aisle to pass legislation.
Michael is a third-generation Oklahoman who graduated from Oklahoma City University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He completed a Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.
Mike’s work in both the private and public sectors has earned him several recognitions that include Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Champion for Business, Journal Record’s “40 under 40” Honoree, and Oklahoma City Community College’s Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee. He is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma and served as a board member and Vice Chairman of the Energy Committee for Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce.
The SPI Team of consultants, researchers, subject matter experts, and clients appreciate the experience, expertise, and insights that Mike brings to the team.