Jennifer Granholm

  • 47th Governor of Michigan (2002-2011)
  • Senior Political Commentator, CNN
  • Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at the UC Berkeley
  • Bestselling Author of "A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future"

Jennifer M. Granholm is a former two-term governor and former attorney general of Michigan. She currently serves as the co-chair of Priorities USA Action and is the Director of The American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, where she also teaches courses in law and public policy.

After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s national political analysis show The War Room with Jennifer Granholm and co-authored the Washington Post political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. Today, Granholm advocates for a national commitment to advanced manufacturing, worker training, and clean energy.

 
  

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From a Two-Term Governor's Perspective: Cracking the Code -- How to Grow Jobs in the U.S., Even in a Global Economy

Governor Jennifer Granholm led Michigan during the toughest economic times since the Great Depression -- through auto bailouts and a global shift of manufacturing jobs. Through experience and stories, hear her perspective on how the nation can grow middle class jobs when technology and globalization ...

 Governor Jennifer Granholm led Michigan during the toughest economic times since the Great Depression -- through auto bailouts and a global shift of manufacturing jobs. Through experience and stories, hear her perspective on how the nation can grow middle class jobs when technology and globalization make it easy for jobs to move elsewhere.

Predictions on the Future of Health Care, From a Governor's Perspective

Governor Jennifer Granholm will share an insider's predictions on where the health care system is headed post-Obamacare, from a policy and a political perspective. ...

Governor Jennifer Granholm will share an insider's predictions on where the health care system is headed post-Obamacare, from a policy and a political perspective.

Lead, Women, Lead!

Governor Jennifer Granholm was the first female attorney general and two-term governor of Michigan, where she led during challenging economic times. She shares inspiring lessons of leadership, from experience, through stories and data, and exhorts women to raise their hand to lead. ...

Governor Jennifer Granholm was the first female attorney general and two-term governor of Michigan, where she led during challenging economic times.  She shares inspiring lessons of leadership, from experience, through stories and data, and exhorts women to raise their hand to lead.

The Mother of All Markets: Creating Clean Energy Jobs in America

Governor Jennifer Granholm's popular TED talk on her ideas to create clean energy jobs provides the foundation for her speech on using policy to create middle class jobs in clean energy in every state in the country. ...

Governor Jennifer Granholm's popular TED talk on her ideas to create clean energy jobs provides the foundation for her speech on using policy to create middle class jobs in clean energy in every state in the country.

The Autonomy Economy, Risks and Opportunities

Are U.S. jobs more at risk to robots or globalization?  Will driverless cars put 3 million truck and passenger drivers out of work? This talk by Governor Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of the automotive capital and chair of the American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, will discuss the employmen ...

Are U.S. jobs more at risk to robots or globalization?  Will driverless cars put 3 million truck and passenger drivers out of work? This talk by Governor Jennifer Granholm, the former governor of the automotive capital and chair of the American Jobs Project at UC Berkeley, will discuss the employment risks and opportunities of an accelerating technology economy in America.  (Hint:  there's some good news here).  

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Former two-term governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm, who is credited with leading Michigan though a period of unprecedented economic challenge and change, is an authority on leadership; politics; economic diversification; clean energy policy; advanced manufacturing; and industrial clusters.

Granholm became the first woman to be elected as governor of Michigan in 2002, and in 2006 she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. Due to the meltdown in the auto industry and the global shift in manufacturing jobs, Michigan had the toughest economy in the nation and Granholm worked relentlessly to diversify, add new jobs and add emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio. As a result of her leadership, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions between 2009 and 2010, according to the Gallup Job Creation Index

As governor, Granholm pioneered clean energy policies, working with business and labor, Republicans and Democrats to create new economic opportunities and jobs in Michigan. She led an aggressive strategy to make Michigan the hub of clean-energy development in North America by developing entire supply chains in Michigan, fostering critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers and by creating economic incentives that made Michigan the place to locate. Granholm’s plan included specific clustering strategies targeted at battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar, and wind power.

In addition to diversifying Michigan's economy, Granholm focused on creating jobs, attracting international investment, improving education, and training Michigan’s workers to promote the state’s long-term economic health. She pushed Michigan to double the number of college graduates and signed into law a college prep curriculum for every high school student in Michigan, in addition to some of the toughest turnaround requirements for low-performing schools in the nation. In 2007, she launched the No Worker Left Behind program, which gave unemployed and under-employed citizens the opportunity to attend community college or technical school and receive training for high-demand jobs by offering state-paid tuition to Michigan’s displaced adults.

Prior to her tenure as Governor, Granholm served as Michigan’s attorney general, from 1998-2002. After her last term as Governor, Granholm began teaching courses in law and public policy at UC Berkeley, where she continues to serve as faculty.  In addition, Granholm is a senior research fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute, a project scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a senior advisor to Correct the Record, and an ABC News contributor. She is also co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future and an avid supporter of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, where she is a senior partner on energy policy.

Granholm is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.