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About the Project


The Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project is a community of young clean energy leaders from across Michigan from different backgrounds, professions, and perspectives.

The Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project will select and convene 15 talented & accomplished young clean energy leaders from across Michigan in 2020. Participants from different backgrounds, professions, and perspectives will attend two weekend-long retreats in 2020. Each retreat will provide substantive instruction on clean energy topics, foster deep and meaningful personal and professional relationships, and provide opportunities to collaborate on projects to move the clean energy economy forward in Michigan. In between retreats, participants will have virtual programming to build on their experiences at each retreat. At the second retreat, MCEL will reconvene approximately 20 young clean energy leaders from previous cohorts, integrating the 2020 cohort into the broader community.


The Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project seeks to build a generation of clean energy leaders in Michigan that is diverse, collaborative, and deeply interconnected. Such a community will develop new leaders, help attract and retain talented young professionals, and create a practical community to help drive growth in the clean energy economy.


MCEL is supported by the Cherry Republic, the Institute for Energy Innovation, and a variety of other people and organizations.

MCEL was originally supported by E2, a program of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), through a generous grant from Barry Sternlicht, Founder of 1 Hotels and CEO & Chairman of Starwood Capital Group. For more information, please email

Clean Energy, Leadership

Advisors and Team Members


Laura Sherman, Phd
President, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

Carla Walker Miller
CEO & Founder, Walker Miller Energy Services

Jennifer Mefford PhotoJennifer Mefford
Director of Business Development, Natl. Electrical Contractors Association of SE MI
Intl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 58

Phil Rausch
Business Development Manager, Hemlock Semiconductor

Team Members

connollye2.jpgCory Connolly
Project Director

JessJessica Bondalapati

Gail photoGail Parson
Director of State & Member Engagement, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2)

Jamie Scripps PhotoJamie Scripps
Principal, Hunterston Consulting, LLC

SamHogg Sam Hogg
Director & Business Origination, Wolverine Power Cooperative | Spartan Renewable Energy

Bob Sutherland

Bob Sutherland
Owner & Founder, Cherry Republic



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The 2020 Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project is made possible by the generous support of the 5 Lakes Energy, Cherry Republic, Michigan EGLE/Energy Services Division, and the Institute for Energy Innovation.