Brendan Ringlever brings more than 23 years of expertise, including 12 years spent in state government before joining the MLC team. This blend of experience is a unique asset to the firm’s strategic planning process and stakeholder relationship development, and it also equips Brendan with a perspective that differentiates his approach to advocating for and achieving client objectives. His innate ability to identify the right opportunities, the right time and the right champion for each initiative is what drives success on behalf of his clients.
Brendan’s approach to his work is one that hinges on developing true believers – those who are open to new ways of thinking and motivated to take action. His dedication has resulted in successes that have changed the landscape of entire industries. Among these efforts was the creation of the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act, which ensures a smooth and humane adoption process for Native American children and ranked Michigan among the first states in the country to have the program in place. He also led the charge to create a dropout recovery program that provides Michigan students an opportunity to complete their education outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar setting, subsequently increasing graduation rates statewide. In higher education, Brendan’s work resulted in creating new opportunities for community colleges and students, now allowing community colleges to issue bachelor’s degrees in select areas. In addition, impacts on the spirits industry to allow sampling of products in a safe and limited quantity has helped drive sales growth and significant annual revenues to the state, exceeding industry and state projections each year since the legislation passed.
Beyond his commitment to clients, Brendan also dedicates his time to a variety of committees and causes that strengthen and promote business, economic, cultural and political climates in the state. As a son of a Dutch immigrant, he is a strong advocate for ties with the Netherlands, including his role as a founding advisory committee member of the West Michigan Global Initiative. This involvement led to the state’s first formal Trade Mission to the Netherlands in 2013, and he also served on the Orange Committee, working with the Dutch Embassy to coordinate the visit of the Dutch King and Queen to Michigan. He also manages the Legislative Dutch Caucus. Brendan also volunteers with the Michigan Political Leadership Program to improve political, governmental and volunteer leadership in the state.
Previously, Brendan served on the Michigan Film Commission, Michigan Children’s Trust Fund Board and 14 years on the Hillsdale College Alumni Executive Board, also serving as president for the organization.
When away from the Capitol, Brendan spends his time running, golfing and traveling with his wife, Kim, and their two boys, Marcus and Matthew.
Brendan is a graduate of Hillsdale College.