Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm, who is credited with leading Michigan though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change, is an authority on leadership, politics, economic diversification, clean energy policy, and training in an age of AI.
Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm, who is credited with leading Michigan though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change, is an authority on leadership, politics, economic diversification, clean energy policy, and training in an age of AI. Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2006 she was re-elected with the then-largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. As a result of the meltdown in the auto industry and the global shift in manufacturing jobs, she worked relentlessly to diversify Michigan, adding emerging sectors such as clean energy to Michigan’s economy. As a result of her leadership, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions between 2009 and 2010, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index.. Prior to her two terms as governor, Granholm was Michigan Attorney General from 1998-2002. After leaving public office, Granholm joined the faculty at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in law and public policy, and was named a senior research fellow for the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), the California Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE) and the Center for Information Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS). Granholm is founder and chair of the American Jobs Project, a research initiative focused on state-based policies to create advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy. Granholm is a senior contributor to CNN, the Managing Partner for the Sustainability Group at Ridge-Lane, LLC, and CEO of Granholm Mulhern Associates. Granholm currently serves on numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards. She is an honors graduate from Harvard Law School and UC Berkeley, and authored the political best seller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.