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The Hon. Jennifer Granholm

Managing Partner, Sustainability

The Hon. Jennifer Granholm is a Managing Partner of RIDGE-LANE LP, where she leads the firm’s Sustainability practice. 

Jennifer Granholm served two terms as Governor of Michigan, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and over 55,000 employees.  Granholm pioneered clean energy innovation, economic development and led the state through the national crisis in the turn-around of the American automotive and manufacturing sectors.  She laid the ground for the improvement in Michigan’s economy after the auto industry bankruptcies, with bi-partisan efforts that included private sector, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives in battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar and wind power.

During her terms, the state attracted almost 4,000 companies, and Site Selection Magazine repeatedly named Michigan as one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions.  Under her leadership, Michigan was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation.  According to the Gallup Job Creation Index, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions following the great recession.  Prior to being elected Governor, she was Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

Gov. Granholm teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), and a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society(CITRIS).  She is Chair of the American Jobs Project, a multi-state 15-university research project focused on advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy.

Granholm is a Senior Political Contributor to CNN and serves on the board of directors of several companies and nonprofits.  She is also the co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.  She is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.

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