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Cory Connolly

Climate and Energy Advisor

Cory Connolly is climate and energy advisor, leading the Office of Climate and Energy (OCE) within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The office coordinates Michigan’s response to climate change across state departments and agencies and provides guidance on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency strategies.

As advisor, Cory is key in formulating and overseeing implementation of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's MI Healthy Climate plan, a road map to achieving economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050.

Cory previously served as vice president for the Institute for Energy Innovation and the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. He also founded the Michigan Clean Energy Leaders Project, was chief operating officer at Levin Energy Partners/Lean & Green Michigan, and worked as a senior research associate at the Environmental Law Institute.

Prior to his current position, he was appointed by Gov. Whitmer to serve on the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification and as liaison to the Michigan Council on Climate Solutions from the Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. He also was recognized with the Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award and the Forbes 30 Under 30 award for Law and Policy.

Cory earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Michigan State University’s James Madison College, as well as a clean energy project finance and development certificate from Yale University.

A native of the northern Michigan town of Northport, Cory now lives in Detroit, where he enjoys playing basketball and tries to travel to Latin America as often as possible.