About IEI


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

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 provides independent and unbiased research, conducts stakeholder and community engagement, organizes informational and networking events, and develops recommendations to spur public debate.​

Board of Directors

Lauren Bigelow, Chair

CEO, Growth Capital Network

Bruce Goodman, Secretary

Counsel, Varnum Law LLP

Thomas Catania

Erb Advisory Board Member, University of Michigan

Keith Cooley

President and CEO, Principia LLC

Jim Saber

President & CEO,

David Simon

V.P., Corporate Communications, Altair

Levi Thompson

Director, Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory, University of Michigan


Cory Connelly

Vice President of Development & Community Projects

Laura Sherman

Vice President of Policy Development

Nicole Forward

Director of Partnerships & Corporate Relations