About Supervisor Donna Michaels

Supervisor Donna Michaels, Ph.D.

Supervisor Donna Michaels has proven experience in governing at the local, state, and national levels. She is known for building teams of diverse constituents to develop and implement goals.

Supervisor Michaels is also a hands-on leader in execution and development of plans through partnering with internal/external resources and recruiting and mentoring high-performance teams as evidenced by her volunteers, interns, community leadership, and staff involvement.

Supervisor Michaels is well-known for building stakeholder relationships and collaborating with diverse populations while serving a wide range of different communities and interests that include: government and elected official relationships, education, ranching, farming, neighborhoods, public lands, and water.

In addition to the above, she is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Supervisors and heavily focused on building more effective relationships with government agencies, and introducing model demonstrations such as regenerative agriculture for the region in a collaborative fashion.

Supervisor Michaels is a published author on public policy and public administration topics. Her work continues to be a definitive resource in graduate schools across the country.

Her passion for horses and horseback riding has led to involvement in, support, and pro bono consultation for a number of equine organizations and related ventures.

2024 Assignments

  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee
  • Corrections Officer Retirement Plan
  • County Attorney Investigators Retirement Plan
  • County Supervisors Association
  • Friends of the Verde River Greenway
  • Public Safety Retirement Board
  • State Council for the Interstate Commission for Adult Offender Supervision
  • Verde Valley Transportation Planning Organization

Board of Directors

  • Ash Fork Street Lighting Improvement District
  • Poquito Valley Road Improvement District
  • Seligman Sanitary District
  • Seligman Street Lighting Improvement District
  • Yarnell Street Lighting Improvement District
  • Yavapai County Flood Control District
  • Yavapai County Free Library District
  • Yavapai County Jail District


  • Yavapai College Trustee, Board Spokesperson and Secretary
  • Marilyn Sunderman Foundation, Founder, President
  • Arizona Rural Health Association, Board Member, State Conference Organizer and Master of Ceremonies
  • National Rural Education Association, Board Member and State Conference Presenter
  • National Association of Hearing Officials (NAHO), Member
  • Arizona Department of Educations Arizona Risk Retention (The TRUST), Hearing Officer
  • Justice Sandra Day O’Connor SpeakOut Arizona Sedona/Verde Valley Advisory Board
  • Verde Valley Land Preservation Institute, Board Member and Chair 2019 Town Hall Forum
  • Veterans Equine Therapeutic Alliance, Founder and Board Member
  • Arizona Rangers, Verde Valley Company


  • Ph.D., Barry University, Miami, Florida
  • B.S. and M.S.W., Summa Cum Laude, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette

Supervisor Donna Michaels
and Arizona Rangers, Verde Valley Company

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Supervisor Donna Michaels and Arizona Rangers, Verde Valley Company

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