Leadership Fellows

The MSU Climate Change Leadership Fellows Program will enhance the state’s capacity to deal with climate change, one of the most pressing problems of the 21st century. About 20 individuals from the public and private sectors in Michigan will become the first cohort of Fellows in the program. The Fellows will increase their climate change expertise and form a network of mutual understanding that will facilitate policy formation in Michigan in years to come. The Leadership Program is part of a larger Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station -funded project intended to develop interactions between MSU and key stakeholders in the area of bioeconomy and global climate change.

The Program

The core of the Leadership Program is intensive interactions with speakers brought to MSU for two climate change-related initiatives during the 2009-2010 academic year: a Distinguished Lecture Series on Climate Change and a Climate Change Symposium. The Lecture Series, ongoing throughout the year, will bring six to eight leading researchers and policy makers to campus. (Speakers are still being finalized but will be shaping national or international policy and research in diverse areas related to climate.) The Symposium, in Spring 2010, builds on previous MSU climate change conferences and brings in four leading researchers and policy makers as keynote speakers.

The Fellows will also work in subgroups to produce projects (e.g., white papers) on topics related to climate change and Michigan. These topics may be related to their work, shared concerns about the state or regions, and/or perspectives highlighted in the Lecture Series and Symposium. The projects will be presented to decision makers.

The program involves eight to 10 half-day sessions, as well as attendance at the spring Symposium. At the first session, Fellows will engage with each other and identify work topics. They will have a session with each speaker: attending the speaker's public talk, meeting privately with him or her, and then continuing the conversation amongst themselves. A final session will allow Fellows to wrap up their projects. Fellows will also participate in the two-day spring Symposium. MSU faculty and staff will facilitate discussions and project work.

The Fellows

Jerry Akers
Energy Manager, Herman Miller

Michelle Crook
Engineering Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture

Shanna Draheim
Shepherd Advisors

Roger Eberhardt
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Office of the Great Lakes

Kim Hall
Great Lakes Climate Change Ecologist, The Nature Conservancy

Brandon Hofmeister
Special Counsel for Energy and Climate Policy, Office of the Governor

Chris Hoving
Endangered Species Coordinator, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Division

Wendy Larson
Senior Project Scientist, Limnotech

Yu Man Lee
Conservation Scientist and Zoologist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), Michigan State University Extension

Michael McClellan
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division

Steve Montle
Green City Coordinator, Mayor's Office, City of Flint

Alex Morese
Electric Reliability, Michigan Public Service Commission

Monica Patel
Ecology Center

Tremaine Phillips
Energy Program Associate, Michigan Environmental Council

Lou Pocalujka
Senior Environmental Planner, CMS Energy

Michele Richards
Natural Resources Specialist, Ft. Custer Training Center

Dave Smith
Environmental Specialist, City of East Lansing

Carrie Vollmer-Sanders
Agricultural Ecology Specialist, Michigan Farm Bureau