About

Levin Energy Partners, LLC develops public-private partnerships in order to achieve clean energy solutions, including through the Lean & Green Michigan™ PACE program.

Our Team

Andrew S. Levin, President and Founder

Andy Levin is a Harvard-trained lawyer with a strong track record of creating successful public-private partnerships. He has been an innovator and leader in state and federal energy, workforce and labor policy and practice for many years. Throughout his career, Levin has created new organizations, initiatives and programs that have had transformative effects on companies, nonprofits, unions, and thousands of individuals' lives.

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

Levin has managed increasingly large and complex operations for over 20 years. He was the last leader of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG), an organization with a one-and-a-half billion dollar budget and over 4,000 employees that combined functions of an Energy Department, a Labor Department, and a Commerce Department.

ENERGY

AT DELEG, Levin helped drive Michigan's energy policy and promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. A few examples:

  • Anticipating federal investment in energy efficiency and renewable energy, Levin created Michigan's six million dollar Green Jobs Initiative in 2008.
  • Levin worked with major auto manufacturers, engineering companies and universities to create the Michigan Academy for Green Mobility, an employer-driven academy that trained hundreds of unemployed and incumbent engineers to work on vehicle electrification.
  • Levin commissioned and oversaw the development of the first-ever Michigan Green Jobs Report, which won a national award in 2009 for the best demographic research in labor market information.

WORKFORCE

Levin conceived and executed the State of Michigan's No Worker Left Behind Initiative (NWLB), which the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce recently called "perhaps the largest concentrated investment in adult worker retraining [in the United States] in at least a generation."

  • In NWLB, Levin created the nation's first and only free tuition program with universal, statewide eligibility requirements and benefit levels.
  • NWLB enrolled 162,000 Michiganders in training for in-demand jobs from 2007 to 2010.
  • In 2009, 59% of NWLB federal workforce program participants were enrolled in training compared to 13% nationally; 75% of Michigan participants were in education programs of a year or longer compared to 12% nationally.
  • Levin brought over $110 million in additional federal funds back to Michigan through numerous grants and awards and turned the state into the largest and most effective utilizer of Trade Adjustment Assistance dollars.
  • Levin worked directly with companies such as Chrysler and Grainger to garner additional financial support for Michigan workforce programs.
  • Levin led efforts that secured significant grants from numerous foundations to support workforce development efforts in Michigan, including Joyce, Mott, Kresge, Kellogg, and the Open Society Institute.

COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION

Levin has a track record of bringing people together with competing interests to build consensus around breakthrough initiatives that all parties can own.

  • Levin worked with a major utility, wind developer and wind turbine manufacturer to overcome difficult history and close a deal for the first made-in-Michigan utility-scale wind turbines.
  • Levin gathered Republican and Democratic lawmakers to write legislation supporting No Worker Left Behind. The result was bipartisan legislative support and editorial support from newspapers across the spectrum.
  • Levin worked closely with scores of Michigan companies large and small on renewable energy, economic development and workforce development deals.

While at DELEG, Levin appeared or was quoted in a wide variety of national and global media outlets, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Huffington Post, NPR, Fox national news and CNBC Street Signs, as well as most major Michigan newspapers, television and radio stations.

EDUCATION AND WRITING

Levin received a BA at Williams College, an MA at the University of Michigan and a JD at Harvard Law School. Levin excelled at all three schools, winning the Arthur B. Graves prize in Religion at Williams, graduating with honors from both Williams and Harvard and receiving a prestigious Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities for study at Michigan.

Levin has written extensively for academic and general interest publications, including co-editing a book published by Upjohn, co-authoring a chapter therein, publishing two law review articles, serving as the principal researcher and writer for a book-length Human Rights Watch report, and contributing many opinion articles to major newspapers.

Cory Connolly, Chief Operating Officer

Connolly runs day-to-day operations for Levin Energy Partners' clean energy finance marketplace called Lean & Green Michigan™. Working with lending partners, contracting partners, and local governments, he helps promote Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) across Michigan.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Prior to joining Levin Energy Partners, he was a Research Associate and later a Senior Research Associate at the DC-based Environmental Law Institute, a law and policy think tank specializing in legal research and training in the US and abroad. At the Environmental Law Institute, he worked on a wide-range of research and capacity-building projects in the US and abroad, including the following:

  • He co-created and organized the Mexico-U.S. Climate Law Network, a bilateral effort to increase collaboration and information sharing between environmental legal experts in the U.S. and Mexico in order to promote further action on climate change.
  • He helped secure a grant from USAID to build capacity of municipal officials in Mexico to undertake energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. Through that grant, Connolly relocated to Mexico to execute workshops in the Mexican States of Morelos and Chihuahua.
  • Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, Connolly was a part of a team working with the University of Tokyo to research the legal and policy implications of Japan transitioning away from nuclear power toward renewable energy resources sourced from mainland Asia. He traveled to Japan to present his research findings at the University of Tokyo.

Connolly has held positions with 5 Lakes Energy and the Green Economy Leadership Training through Global Exchange, a summer energy and environmental training program based in Highland Park, Michigan. He has also interned at the U.S. Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute, focusing on climate policy and at the Argentina-based Fundacion Biosfera, focusing on carbon offset projects.

WRITING, SPEAKING, HONORS, & EDUCATION

Connolly's writing has been featured in numerous publications and he has been an invited speaker at events hosted by academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and local governments. In 2012, Connolly was named one of Forbes Magazine's 30 under 30 for Law and Policy. In 2016, He was one of 10 young professionals in the Midwest to be named a "Clean Power Player" by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Environmental Entrepreneurs. He has also been a fellow with Automation Alley, the Roosevelt Institute, and New Leaders Council Detroit. He holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University, where he graduated with honor.

Saul Levin

Levin wears many hats for Levin Energy Partners. Before joining the team, he was commissioner of the Chicago Basketball League and a recent honors graduate of the University of Chicago, where he studied Geography, Environmental Studies, and Latin American Studies. He has worked extensively on community, environmental, and Latin American issues with organizations such as the Alliance for the Great Lakes and CARECEN in Washington, D.C. During the past year, Levin has traveled to the Atacama Desert to conduct environmental research and to Mexico City to contribute to a fact-finding mission regarding the proposed renegotiation of NAFTA.