Jennifer Granholm served two terms as Michigan’s 47th governor from 2003 to 2011, and was the Michigan Attorney General from 1998-2002. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from the Great Recession and a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.
After leaving office, Granholm served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program, where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. She also hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future, which tells how Michigan pioneered ways out of an economic storm and offers proven advice for a nation desperate to create jobs. The book, which she wrote with her husband, Dan Mulhern, became a Washington Post political bestseller shortly after its release. She was the co-chair of Hillary Clinton’s Transition Team in 2016.
Currently, Granholm is a contributor to CNN, a Senior Advisor to the progressive political groups Media Matters and American Bridge, is head of the sustainability practice at Ridge-Lane, and sits on numerous private sector and non-profit boards.
Granholm is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.