Michael Balsamo

Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations
Rancho Mission Viejo

As the Senior Vice President of Governmental Relations, Balsamo is responsible for interfacing with local and regional jurisdictions to oversee the planning and entitlement for community development and major infrastructure including schools, public safety facilities, transportation, water and other vital facilities and services for Rancho Mission Viejo (The Ranch).

Prior to joining Rancho Mission Viejo, Mr. Balsamo was the Chief Executive Officer for the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Beginning in 2016, he led BIASC in advancing its mission to be the single voice of building and development in Southern California, championing the interests of its more than 1,100-member companies encompassing four regional chapters including Orange County, Los Angeles/Ventura, Riverside/Imperial, and San Bernardino Counties.

He has committed his career to balancing development needs and environmental considerations, with more than 25 years of experience in land use planning and real estate development in both the public and private sectors, including serving as a land planner for the cities of Irvine and Lake Forest and for the County of Orange. Balsamo also worked as a consultant to Irvine Company, Retail Properties Division serving as a project manager for numerous shopping center developments on the Irvine Ranch. From 2002 to 2005, he served as BIA/OC’s Deputy Executive Officer of External Relations & Director of Governmental Affairs. He then transitioned to Lennar Homes where he oversaw the development of new home communities in Orange County, most notably on the former USMCAS Tustin property prior to becoming the Manager of OC Planning at Orange County Public Works in Santa Ana.