LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) Friday appointed Liesl Eichler Clark as its president, and selected Lauren Bigelow to chair the business organization’s Board of Directors. Former president Dan Scripps will stay on as Senior Advisor.
Clark, a principal with 5 Lakes Energy, a Michigan-based clean energy and sustainability consulting firm, previously served as Michigan EIBC’s Vice President for Policy and Business Engagement. In that role she led Michigan EIBC’s engagement with the Michigan legislature, and was responsible for working with Michigan EIBC business members to develop legislative strategies to reflect the advanced energy industry’s policy priorities.
Bigelow is CEO of Ann Arbor-based Growth Capital Network, and has been a member of the Michigan EIBC Board of Directors since 2013. In 2012, Bigelow served as Michigan EIBC’s interim president. Prior to Growth Capital Network and before its 2009 acquisition by Bloomberg, Dr. Bigelow was the North American Commercial Director for New Energy Finance, the leading independent provider of information and research to investors in the clean energy markets. In addition to her Board position with Michigan EIBC, Dr. Bigelow serves on the investment advisory boards of the Zell Lurie Fund and Belle Capital Michigan, the advisory board of the Erb Institute, the Great Lakes Leaders Council and the Michigan advisory council for the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
“Michigan’s advanced energy businesses are helping to power Michigan’s future by increasing reliability while decreasing costs for ratepayers,” said Clark. “As an authentic business organization representing leaders in Michigan’s growing advanced energy industry, Michigan EIBC is playing a unique and critical role in the energy debates taking place in Lansing and Washington. I’m excited to continue to work with Michigan EIBC’s member companies to ensure these industry voices are heard.”
“Michigan is poised to be a regional and global hub for advanced energy innovation, manufacturing, and deployment,” said Bigelow. “Liesl has the proven leadership, vision and knowledge of the energy sector to help grow Michigan’s advanced energy economy and ensure that Michigan’s businesses can seize new opportunities to grow.”
About Michigan EIBC: The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) is a business trade association representing companies in Michigan’s growing advanced energy sector. Michigan EIBC’s mission is to grow Michigan’s advanced energy economy by fostering opportunities for innovation and business growth and offering a unified voice in creating a business-friendly environment for the advanced energy industry in Michigan.