Michael Trailor was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey in May 2017 as the Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Prior to his appointment to DES, Michael served for 8 years as the Director of the Arizona Department of Housing, where he was originally appointed by Governor Janice K. Brewer in 2009, and re-appointed by Governor Ducey in 2015.
Before entering into state government service, he served as Principal and Urban Development Specialist with Vanguard CityHome of Scottsdale. In that role, he developed multiple residential and retail projects. Prior to Vanguard CityHome, Michael was the Arizona President for Centex Homes where he was responsible for homebuilding and mortgage operations which produced over 1,000 homes annually.
As Director of the Arizona Department of Housing, Michael increased staff capacity and improved policies and procedures to repeat best practices. He worked diligently to understand and improve housing issues for Arizona’s most vulnerable populations, targeted resources and joined with other community leaders to end homelessness, develop independent living opportunities for people with disabilities and create “location-efficient,” “service-enriched” affordable housing strategies.
Michael brings a refreshing business approach to state government and is working with Governor Ducey and other state agencies to implement the Arizona Management System throughout state government, creating one enterprise focused on making Arizona the best place to live, work and play.
2013 Arizona Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Advocate Award
2013 Arizona Disability Advocacy Coalition ADA Breaking Barriers ADA Title II Housing Award
2014 Arizona Multihousing Association Industry Champion Award
2015 Local Initiative Support Corporation Exemplary Advocate Award
2016 Arizona Coalition to End Homeless Five Star Leader Award
2017 Mike McQuaid Collaboration Award