June 19, 2019
Dr. Brandy Brown, recently named the climate and energy adviser at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), brings a diverse background in clean energy and emerging technologies for electrification products.
Brown now leads the Office of Climate and Energy, which Governor Gretchen Whitmer created in February 2019 when forming EGLE via Executive Order 2019-6. The office will coordinate Michigan's response to climate change across state departments and agencies, and provide recommendations, guidance, and assistance on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency strategies.
"Dr. Brown is a perfect fit for this new role at EGLE," EGLE Director Liesl Clark said. "Her expertise in the clean energy economy will enhance our work coordinating state efforts on climate change, providing insight and recommendations on mitigation and adaption to climate change. More than that, Dr. Brown is a strategic thinker who knows how to set objectives that matter, design programs to accomplish those objectives, and measure progress along the way."
Brown is an experienced energy strategist with deep industry knowledge. She joins EGLE from CLEAResult in East Lansing where she formulated strategic objectives for electrification products such as electric vehicles (EV), photovoltaic systems, battery storage, and other emerging technologies. She also developed CLEAResult's five-year strategic plan for advanced mobility, as well as residential and commercial utility-scale EV programs with a focus on low- to middle-income customers.
This skillset greatly prepared Brown to lead the Office of Climate and Energy. "I started out in external evaluation of energy programs; that gives me a unique ability to look at systems from the granular level and then synergize them." Brown said the first goal for the office is "standardizing a baseline regarding energy and climate, then identifying what goals we at EGLE are working toward."
Brown earned her Ph.D. in interdisciplinary evaluation from Western Michigan University where she researched cutting-edge energy evaluation methods. She also earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a bachelor's degree in communications, law, economics and government from American University in Washington, D.C.
"This education is the underpinning of my knowledge of energy systems," Brown said, adding this background dovetails with her new role at EGLE. "I look forward to collaborating with the teams that have been working here for a long time on climate and energy issues and figuring out what we can improve and work together on in the future."