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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Contact: Nick Dodge, Byrum & Fisk Advocacy Communications, (616) 796-4912
Michigan EIBC Announces Dr. Laura Sherman as New President
LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) today announced Dr. Laura Sherman will take the helm as the new president. Dr. Sherman follows former president, Liesl Eichler Clark, who has taken on a new role as the director of the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the state of Michigan.
“As a membership organization focused on the rapidly changing energy industry, we are at an important inflection point,” said Lauren Bigelow, Michigan EIBC’s Board Chair. “We’re really excited to have Laura at the helm, and her extensive academic, policy and regulatory background along with her leadership and business development will allow us to continue as the leading voice for advanced energy businesses in Michigan.”
Michigan EIBC is a trade organization of more than 120 companies doing business in Michigan’s vibrant advanced energy sector. The organization’s mission is to grow the state’s advanced energy economy by fostering opportunities for innovation and business growth and offering a unified voice to policy makers toward the creation of a business-friendly environment.
“I am truly honored to be chosen to lead the EIBC, especially at such a critical time for the advanced energy industry,” said Sherman. “I look forward to hitting the ground running in my new role to grow the organization while helping our members expand the advanced energy sector across Michigan.”
Prior to accepting the role of Michigan EIBC President, Dr. Sherman most recently served as the organization’s vice president for policy development. In that capacity, she supported Michigan EIBC’s policy platform, including ongoing regulatory engagement at the Michigan Public Service Commission, policy initiatives, and legislative efforts. Laura is also a senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy where she focuses on renewable energy development and community engagement.
Before joining 5 Lakes Energy and Michigan EIBC, Dr. Sherman served as the policy advisor to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) on energy, agriculture, and environment issues. In that capacity, Dr. Sherman led a team in Washington, D.C. and Colorado to develop legislation, analyze policy issues, and negotiate bipartisan solutions. She was involved in crafting the 2015 extensions of the renewable tax credits, advancing federal initiatives on building energy efficiency, and supporting land conservation efforts.
Dr. Sherman received a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan. Her graduate and postdoctoral research utilized novel techniques to trace mercury pollution from sources like coal-fired power plants into rainfall and aquatic ecosystems across the Great Lakes Region.
As the new leader of Michigan EIBC, Dr. Sherman is dedicated to working with members and stakeholders to advance the policy priorities of the advanced energy industry in Michigan.
Learn more about Michigan EIBC at https://mieibc.org/.