Executive Director, Michigan Agency for Energy
From assisting with the crafting of the Governor’s 2012 Special Message on Energy and Environment, through the goal-setting of 2014, and his 2015 Special Message on Energy, Valerie has helped champion the Governor’s vision of reducing energy waste.
Valerie Brader is the Executive Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. While this is the most recent in a number of roles she has held with the Snyder administration, energy policy has been a key part of her portfolio since 2011. From assisting with the crafting of the Governor’s special message on Energy and Environment message in 2012, through the goal-setting of 2014 and his 2015 Special Message on energy, she has helped champion his vision of reducing energy waste as a vital part of creating an energy system that is adaptable, reliable, affordable, and protective of the environment.
She has played a role in several game-changing projects, from constructing a financial and legislative framework that allowed the City of Detroit to take a big step forward and go all-LED in street lighting to designing a possible framework for early energy efficiency actions to receive credit under the proposed carbon rule, she is a go-to person for finding complex, innovative solutions to vexing energy problems. She leads an agency that was one of the recipients of the Leaders in Efficiency award in recognition of significant energy waste reduction, and is the point person for the Governor regarding the new, bi-partisan multi-state Governor’s Accord for a New Energy Future.
Brader is not new to the energy and environmental arena. Before her service in state government she was a member (partner) at Bodman PLC, practicing primarily environmental and corporate law. A Rhodes Scholar and published author in both the legal and scientific presses, Brader previously worked as the career law clerk for the Hon. John Feikens of the Eastern District of Michigan, as an environmental consultant to the EPA and Department of Defense, and for Gov. Phil Batt (R-Idaho) on environmental and natural resource issues. Brader, who was the youngest person in the country to be selected to assist a federal court under the “Special Master” rule in the long-running case regarding oversight of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, was also named one of Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40”, a “rising star” by Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly and Leader of the Year by the Joyce Ivy Foundation.
Brader received her AB magna cum laude in government from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, has two masters degrees from the University of Oxford (an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and an MSt in Historical Studies), and a J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown Law Center. Brader was the past winner of the Harvard College Women's Leadership Award and was first-runner up in the Pacific Legal Foundation's national writing competition. Brader previously served as an officer of the Women’s Caring Program, the Harvard Club of Eastern Michigan and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.