Brendan Ringlever has 25 years of expertise, bringing a blend of experience that strengthens the firm’s strategic planning process and stakeholder relationship development. 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 our 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 passage 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.
Brendan began his career in the State Legislature where he served in various roles for over a decade. Most recently, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to the Senate Majority Leader. Brendan left public service in 2004 to join MLC, giving him over thirteen years of experience lobbying on behalf of our clients. As a partner in MLC, he uses his years of leadership and institutional knowledge to help the team achieve the goals and objectives of our clients.
Brendan holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from Hillsdale College.
In the Community
Previously, Brendan served on the Michigan Film Commission, Michigan Children’s Trust Fund Board, and the Hillsdale College Alumni Executive Board, also serving as president for the organization. Brendan also volunteers with the Michigan Political Leadership Program to improve political, governmental, and volunteer leadership in the state.
As a son of a Dutch immigrant, he is a strong advocate for ties with the Kingdom of 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 closely with the Dutch Embassy in Washington, DC to coordinate the visit of the Dutch King and Queen to Michigan. He also manages the Legislative Dutch Caucus.
Outside the Office
When away from the Capitol, Brendan spends his time running, golfing and traveling with his wife, Kim, and their two boys, Marcus and Matthew.