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Dr. Laura Sherman is the President of Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) and the Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI). She most recently served as the organization’s Vice President for Policy Development and as a Senior Consultant at 5 Lakes Energy. In her current capacity, Laura leads Michigan EIBC’s policy advocacy work at the Michigan Public Service Commission and state legislature as well as advanced energy research, policy initiatives, and education efforts.
Before joining Michigan EIBC, Laura served as the policy advisor to Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) on energy, agriculture, and environment issues. In that capacity, she led a team in Washington, D.C. and Colorado to develop legislation, analyze policy issues, and negotiate bipartisan solutions. Laura was involved in crafting the 2015 extensions of the renewable tax credits, advancing federal initiatives on building energy efficiency, and supporting land conservation efforts.
Laura received a B.S. in Geological and Environmental Science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from the University of Michigan. Her graduate and postdoctoral research utilized novel techniques to trace mercury pollution from sources like coal-fired power plants into rainfall and aquatic ecosystems across the Great Lakes Region.