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Paul Gruber

Program and Engagement Lead

Paul has worked for 20 years with interdisciplinary teams in private, not-for-profit, and public sectors to advance environmental, social, and governance goals. He enjoys helping teams find new value in start-up businesses, new products and business strategies, public-private partnerships, and forward-thinking research.

Prior to joining Fresh Coast, Paul designed and managed clean energy pilot projects at Consumers Energy to achieve customer benefits, grid reliability, and decarbonization. At UC Davis, Paul managed a clean transportation research consortium, advising sponsors from Fortune 500 auto and energy companies and US federal and state agencies. Paul has also worked with multi-stakeholder teams to develop a battery management technology start-up, secure funding for battery manufacturing, publish on global lithium availability, develop new waste-to-renewable-energy projects, and deploy a zero-emissions hydrogen locomotive.

Paul has engaged with disadvantaged communities in Mexico to remove carcinogens in municipal drinking water and with apparel suppliers in China to improve factory water management practices. He is honored to have worked with populations of subsistence farmers, ranchers, and apparel providers on agricultural management practices in Central and South America.​

Paul received his MBA and MS in sustainable business and cleantech entrepreneurship through the Erb Institute program at the University of Michigan, and he received his BA in international studies from Middlebury College.​

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