About IEI


IEI offers a unified voice in creating a business-friendly environment for the advanced energy industry

IEI Mission Statement:

The Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) is a Michigan-based non-profit that works to promote greater public understanding of advanced energy and its economic potential for Michigan, and to inform the policy and public discussion on Michigan’s energy challenges and opportunities.
IEI is governed by a group of energy leaders with deep connections to industry, research, finance, and policy. We provide independent and unbiased research, conduct stakeholder and community engagement, organize informational and networking events, and develop recommendations to spur public debate.

Board of Directors

Lauren Bigelow - Board President for Michigan EIBC

Lauren Bigelow, Board Chair

CEO | Growth Capital Network

Bruce Goodman, Varnum Law - Board Secretary for Michigan EIBC

Bruce Goodman, Board Secretary

Counsel | Varnum Law

Annick Anctil, MSU - on Michigan IEI's Board of Directors

Annick Anctil

Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering | Michigan State University

Keith Cooley headshot, Principia LLC - on IEI's Board of Directors

Keith Cooley

President and CEO | Principia LLC

Jim Saber, NextEnergy - on IEI's Board of Directors

Jim Saber

President and CEO | NextEnergy

Glenn Stevens, Jr. Headshot Executive Director MICHauto & Vice President Automotive and Mobility Initiatives - on Michigan IEI's Board of Directors

Glenn Stevens, Jr.

Executive Director | MICHauto & VP | Automotive and Mobility Initiatives


Laura Sherman Headshot - President of Michigan EIBC

Laura Sherman


Grace Michienzi Headshot - Senior Director of Policy at Michigan EIBC

Grace Michienzi

Senior Director of Policy

Justin Carpenter Headshot 2022

Justin Carpenter

Director of Policy

Natalie Lyijynen Headshot

Natalie Lyijynen

Sustainable Business Associate

Sophia Schuster headshot

Sophia Schuster

Policy Principal