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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Governor Granholm was incredible! She blew the roof off the place, in fact. That and she was a delight to work with.

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Election 2020 and the Future Political Landscape

Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm engages in an illuminating conversation surrounding today's top issues-- from immigration to health care, climate change solutions to the economy-- in order to shed light on America's political future. A current political heralded for her forward-looking ...

Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm engages in an illuminating conversation surrounding today's top issues-- from immigration to health care, climate change solutions to the economy-- in order to shed light on America's political future. A current political heralded for her forward-looking insight, Granholm brings a balanced and nuanced perspective sorely needed in today's divisive times. 

 

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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Jennifer Granholm offers in-depth expertise on health care 

Former Governor of Michigan (2002-11) JENNIFER GRANHOLM is a vocal and passionate advocate for expanded affordable health care coverage. During her tenure as Governor, she launched the Michigan Prescription Discount Card, known as MI-RX, to allow senior citizens and working people without insurance to reduce the costs of their prescription drugs, and introduced a Michigan First Health Care Plan with the goal of further expanding affordable health care access through a series of subsidies and initiatives. A vocal supporter of the Affordable Health Care Act, Granholm was one of 22 governors who in 2009 signed a letter to Congress, urging federal lawmakers to pass the landmark legislation. And she also chaired the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee and co‑chaired its Health Care Task Force, during her time in office. Since leaving the governorship, Granholm has continued to be a leading voice on the issue, penning an op-ed for Politico and predicting health care issues would drive voters to the polls for the 2018 Midterms. A current CNN Senior Political Commentator, Granholm's shrewd insights on today's political landscape and the future of health care policy specifically, have her in demand at events nationwide. As the Broadbent Institute raved: "Governor Granholm was incredible! She blew the roof off the place, in fact. That and she was a delight to work with."

 

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Governor Jennifer M. Granholm served two terms as Governor of Michigan, leading a state with a $40 billion annual budget and over 55,000 employees. As governor, Granholm pioneered clean energy innovation, economic development, and led the state through the national crisis in the turn-around of the American automotive and manufacturing sectors. She laid the ground for the improvement in Michigan’s economy after the auto industry bankruptcies, with bi-partisan efforts that engaged the private sector, fostered critical partnerships between industry, government and researchers, and created economic incentives in battery manufacturing, bio-energy, solar and wind power.

During her terms, the state attracted almost 4,000 companies, and Site Selection Magazine repeatedly named Michigan as one of the top three states in the nation for business locations or expansions. Under her leadership, Michigan was twice recognized by The Pew Center on the States as one of the best-managed states in the nation. According to the Gallup Job Creation Index, Michigan led the country in the improvement of job market conditions following the great recession. Prior to being elected Governor, she was Attorney General for the State of Michigan.

Granholm is currently a Managing Partner of RIDGE-LANE LP, where she leads the firm’s Sustainability practice. She also teaches policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI), and a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interests of Society (CITRIS). In addition to her work at UC Berkeley, Granholm is a member of the advisory board at The University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics (IOP).

Granholm leads several initiatives focused on exploring how technological advancements impact jobs and the economy. She is the Chair of the American Jobs Project, a multi-state 25-university research project focused on advanced manufacturing jobs in clean energy. As an advisor to the Autonomous World Fund, Granholm also provides strategic guidance on automated/AI-connected, electric, and shared vehicles.

Granholm is a Senior Political Contributor to CNN and serves on the board of directors of Proterra and Marinette Marine Corporation. She's a Senior Advisor to Media Matters for America and the Chair of the American Bridge Foundation. In addition, she's the co-author of the political bestseller, A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. She is an honors graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School.