E. Michael Acevedo
E. Michael Acevedo was born October 27, 1952 to Eddie M. and Ercy (Alvarado) Acevedo in Phoenix, Arizona.
As a native Arizonan, he has seen Phoenix change and grow to be the fifth largest city in the United States. His concern for the local community is foremost as he strives to create a vibrant community by improving the social and economic climate for all residents.
He graduated from Arizona State University in 1974 with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Political Science. In 1975, he was selected the recipient of the U.S. Housing and Urban Development “Minorities In Management” grant which allowed him to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and an internship with the city of Phoenix.
In 1976, after completing the internship he entered the permanent workforce with the city of Phoenix.
During a 31-year career, he worked in the City Manager’s Office, Police and Housing Department’s. His primary responsibilities included budgeting, capital improvement programs, payroll, accounting/purchasing, personnel and program management. For eight years he was responsible for managing the Police Department’s operating and capital improvement budgets, the largest in the city.
In addition to his city service, he has been involved in the community as a volunteer and fundraiser for numerous community groups including the International Hispanic Network, Quest for Kids, Phoenix Museum of History, M.T. Machan School and community, Camp Colley Foundation, Phoenix Trolley Museum, Severson Sisters Foundation, Valley of the Sun United Way, Boys Club Alumni Association and Si Se Puede Foundation.
In 2007, he retired from the city of Phoenix with 31 years of distinguished public service. His most significant accomplishments during his public service career include:
- Responsible for securing capital bond funding to support the Mobile Digital Terminal program. This program delivered state of the art computerized communication equipment to all police vehicles and enhanced police communications.
- Responsible for the planning, funding and execution of a multi-year program that provided ballistic vests and 9mm handguns to all Phoenix police officers.
This program enhanced the safety of all sworn personnel officers as they performed their assigned duties.
Led and coordinated the effort to assist homeless Hurricane Katrina victims by providing Section 8 housing vouchers for temporary housing opportunities in the Phoenix jurisdiction. This rapid response program provided housing relief for displaced victims of the natural disaster.
A team participant in the execution of the Hope VI federal grant awarded to the city of Phoenix. This grant provided federal assistance to plan, relocate residents, demolish and rebuild the Matthew Henson public housing property. This project modernized the amenities and living units at Matthew Henson and enhanced the local community. This successful effort earned the Hope VI team the most distinguished award given to city employees, the city of Phoenix “Excellence Award” in 2003.
In January 2012, he founded the Acevedo Fundraising Solutions (AFS) a limited liability corporation. The purpose of AFS is to build better communities by assisting non-profits and charities to sustain or expand programs through fundraising management.
In 2014, he was appointed the Executive Vice President at Si Se Puede Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization committed to providing educational and recreational programs to underserved communities in the cities of Chandler and South Phoenix, Arizona.
He lives in Phoenix with his wife of 40 years, has a married son, daughter-in-law and three grand-children.