Jennifer Granholm served as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.
As Governor, Granholm pioneered clean energy policies, working with business and labor, Republicans and Democrats to create new economic opportunities and jobs in Michigan. She led an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America by developing entire supply chains in Michigan, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives that made Michigan the place to locate. Granholm’s plan included specific clustering strategies targeted at battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar, and wind power.
After leaving office, Granholm served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program, where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. She teaches courses in law and public policy at UC Berkeley and is a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute. She’s also a project scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an ABC News contributor, and the co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.
Granholm is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.