Dr. Osborn has over 20 years of state government relations experience. He has worked on a wide variety of high-profile issues including significant changes in Arizona’s environmental protection laws, regulatory reform, tax structure and employment laws.
Dr. Osborn’s lobbying career began in the early 1990s when Dr. Osborn was a lobbyist for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce where he advocated on behalf of the business community on a broad spectrum of issues. From the Chamber, Dr. Osborn was recruited to direct government relations activities at the Arizona Department of Commerce. During his tenure at the Department of Commerce, Dr. Osborn successfully lobbied the Greater Arizona Development Authority concerning legislation providing an infrastructure financing mechanism for rural communities. He also represented the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality before the Legislature and Executive branch and helped enact significant legislation in the areas of air quality, waste programs and water quality as well as improvements to the Water Infrastructure Financing Authority.
Since 1998 Dr. Osborn has represented a diversity of clients in front of the Legislature and Executive agencies. His areas of experience include insurance, public transit, transportation, economic development, tax policy, environment, infrastructure financing authorities, polling, ambulance certificates of necessity, employment law, public records, campaign management, health care, regulatory reform and education. Dr. Osborn has authored public academic book chapters on lobbying, developed strategic government relations plans for multiple organizations, and lectured on strategic planning for government relations.
Dr. Osborn holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University and has undergraduate degrees in history and political science from the University of Arizona. He also has completed Senior Executive study at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Recently, Dr. Osborn was an expert witness in McComish v. Bennett on the prevailing side, where the U.S. Supreme Court found the matching fund provisions of the Clean Elections Act unconstitutional. Currently Dr. Osborn is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University, teaching courses in organizational theory, human resource management and leadership.
Nownes, J. A., Osborn, M. (2009), “Governors, Lobbying and the Legislature: Evidence From a Pilot Study.” Appearing in Interest Groups & Lobbying: Volume One-The United States and Comparative Studies. Edited by Conor McGrath: Edwin Mellen Press: Dublin.
Osborn, M., Osborn, R., Smoller, M. (2007), “Real Political Options For The Public Affairs Consultant.” Prepared for presentation to Strategic Management Society National Conference 2007, San Diego California.
Osborn, M., Chin, M. (2006), “In a Bind: Business Plans, Market Position & Corporate Lobbying Strategies.” Prepared for presentation at Midwest Political Science Association National Conference 2006, Chicago, Illinois.
Osborn, M. (2004), “An Examination of the Effectiveness of Publicly-Funded Elections at Reducing Interest Group Influence: Lessons Learned from Arizona and Guidance for State Policymakers.” Prepared for the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Research Conference.