Gov. Rick Snyder appoints new director at Michigan Agency for Energy

Anne Armstrong Cusack will help direct state solutions on affordable and reliable energy issues

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced Anne Armstrong Cusack will serve as Acting Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) following the departure of Valerie Brader.

 “Anne is an incredibly motivated individual who leads by example and is well-known for finding great solutions to tough issues,” Snyder said. “I’m pleased to have someone who is so dedicated to public service take the helm at the Michigan Agency for Energy and work toward further solutions that improve our energy future in efficient and affordable ways.”

Armstrong, of Grand Rapids, previously served as associate director of the Office of Urban Initiatives, working in West and Southwest Michigan as a community liaison. In this role she helped facilitate increased access to transportation and affordable housing, fostered environmental initiatives and economic development, and worked to improve relationships between various communities and local law enforcement.  

Having previously chaired the Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity, Armstrong also worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health and at Voluntary Hospitals of America, and served as a policy advisor to former Gov. John Engler, helping to design the award-winning Great Lakes Recycling Cooperative. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Yale and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan.

MAE was created by executive order in March 2015 and is housed within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. MAE’s executive director is appointed by the governor and serves as the chief advisor to the governor and other state departments on energy policies and programs.

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