Liesl Eichler Clark
Co-Founder & Principal, 5 Lakes Energy
Liesl has been instrumental in building relationships between the clean energy business community and state and federal policymakers, while engaging lawmakers and regulators in the process.
When the clean energy industry wants a voice in public debates involving clean energy policy they turn to Liesl Eichler Clark. In 2011 Liesl co-founded 5 Lakes Energy, a Michigan-based policy consulting firm dedicated to advancing clean energy technologies and policies, along with sustainability and energy efficiency programs in the public and private sectors. The firm's results-oriented business model has made it a trusted source for businesses, policymakers, and other stakeholders working in the clean energy space.
As a principal at 5 Lakes, Liesl has built a solid reputation in collaborative policy development. She has been instrumental in building relationships between the clean energy business community and state and federal policymakers, while engaging lawmakers and regulators in the process. Under her leadership and as president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) - a business trade association established by 5 Lakes to foster a business-friendly environment for the clean energy industry - the Michigan EIBC has become the premier organization dedicated to clean energy business interests in Michigan.
Liesl holds two degrees from Michigan State University: a bachelor’s degree with honors in political economy from James Madison College and a master’s degree in public administration. She is also a graduate of MSU’s Great Lakes Leadership Academy under the auspices of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Prior to cofounding 5 Lakes Energy, Liesl was a former deputy director for energy programs at the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth; a policy adviser to Governor Jennifer Granholm on energy, agriculture, environment and natural resources issues including the 2008 Clean, Renewable, and Efficient Energy Act; a policy adviser for renewable fuels and legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Agriculture; and a consultant for Accenture.