Liesl Eichler Clark is a co-founder and partner of 5 Lakes Energy, a nationally recognized policy consulting firm offering services to the public and private sectors in clean energy policy development, research and analysis, and sustainability practices.

Under Liesl’s leadership, 5 Lakes has provided client services in 16 states and the firm’s capabilities and vision has made it a trusted source for businesses, policymakers, and other stakeholders seeking to advance the transition to a clean energy economy.

Liesl was critical catalyst for Michigan’s clean energy efforts beginning in 2008, and the application of her work after leaving state government resulted in the formation of Michigan’s first trade association dedicated solely to the emerging clean energy industry in this state – the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC).   Since founding the EIBC, Liesl has been instrumental in building relationships between the clean energy business community and state and federal policymakers while collaborating with energy experts and regulators to spearhead innovative energy policy.  As president of the EIBC, Liesl now oversees the premier organization dedicated to advancing clean energy business interests in Michigan.

Prior to launching 5 Lakes Energy in 2010, Liesl was Deputy Director for energy programs at the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth (DELEG). Liesl held a series of roles involving natural resources, environmental and agriculture policy in state government from policy advisor in Governor Jennifer Granholm’s office to legislative liaison for the Michigan Department of Agriculture. She worked as a consultant for Accenture before joining the public sector.

Liesl completed a Masters degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University while working full-time, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Economy from MSU’s James Madison College.  She has also completed the Great Lakes Leadership Academy, serves on the board of Advancing Women in Energy.


Principal and Co-founder, 5 Lakes Energy LLC

Board Member, AWE

Liesl Eichler Clark