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Founder and Principal, Biosphere Strategies

Michelle is the Founder and Principal of Biosphere Strategies, a boutique consulting firm specializing in work focused on science, sustainability, climate and the environment. Biosphere Strategies works with government, academia and industry on the use of science and knowledge to design and implement environmental policies, plans and strategies. Michelle recently served as the executive director of the Global Council for Science and the Environment, an international nonprofit that spans the boundaries between science, decision-making and the environment. She has worked on clean energy, climate and environmental policy with all levels of government for over two decades, developing strategic and tactical solutions to implement energy, climate and sustainability strategies and solutions. Before joining GCSE, she served as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy. She led the Governors’ Accord for a Clean Energy Future, as well as two international nonprofits– Applied Solutions-Local Governments Building a Clean Economy, and ICLEI USA.

Earlier in her career, she helped design and launch a public sector law practice at a major international law firm focused on proactive environmental work, served as the natural resources director for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, and recycling coordinator for the City of Euless, Texas, and as a park ranger with the National Park Service.

Michelle serves in a variety of board and advisory roles with domestic and international organizations to increase the recognition of and reliance on science in service to the environment and society.

  • Education

    Master’s in Public Administration from New York University, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Bachelor of the Arts in German Literature from the University of Texas, Austin, International Diploma in Urban Ecology and Sustainable Development from the University of Copenhagen.