Michael Colbruno is a partner in The Milo Group of California. He began his career as a journalist and news editor, before moving on to jobs at all levels of government, and eventually, a successful career in the private sector.
For eleven years, Mr. Colbruno served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Clear Channel Outdoor/Northern California. He handled all interactions with government officials at the local, state, and federal level, as well as managing staff, leading development teams, implementing new digital technology strategies, procuring land use entitlements, overseeing legal and public affairs budgets, managing litigation and spearheading community outreach efforts. In his eleven years, he never lost a vote before a government body.
Prior to Clear Channel, Mr. Colbruno worked in local and state government as a legislative director and chief-of- staff in the San Francisco Mayor’s office, San Francisco Board of Supervisors and California State Assembly. He was in charge of all legislative activities and interacted between various levels of government. He handled media, staff relations, budget issues, public policy and staffed various committees, as well as serving as the liaison between the San Francisco Mayor’s office and the Board of Supervisors. He has regularly served as a delegate at both state and national Democratic Party Conventions.
He was appointed by three mayors to serve on the Oakland Planning Commission and was selected to oversee the re-zoning effort in Oakland. In 2013, he was unanimously approved to serve as a member of the Oakland Port Commission, where he serves as Vice President. He has also served as the chair of committees overseeing water quality and public art.
In the non-profit world, he has served as chair of the Chabot Space & Science Center, Equality California Board of Directors, founder of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Corporate Counsel and chair of OakPAC. He was named the “Corporate Citizen of the Year” by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. He is currently a board member of the Merola Opera Program in San Francisco, a Founding Board member of the UC Theatre in Berkeley and the Opera Parallèle Advisory Board.
Along with historian Dennis Evanosky, he is co-author of the book “Lives of the Dead” (Stellar Media Group, 2015) and a contributor to “Street Art and the War on Terror” (Rebellion, U.K., 2007).