Levin Energy Partners, LLC develops public-private partnerships in order to achieve clean energy solutions, including through the Lean & Green Michigan™ PACE program.
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.
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.
AT DELEG, Levin helped drive Michigan's energy policy and promoted energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. A few examples:
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."
Levin has a track record of bringing people together with competing interests to build consensus around breakthrough initiatives that all parties can own.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.