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Joel Howrani Heeres, Director of Climate and Sustainability

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Colin Seals, Director of Energy

LANSING, Mich. —Public Sector Consultants, an objective public policy consulting firm with a focus on research, evaluation and strategic planning, is expanding its expertise in the energy and environment practice. Joel Howrani Heeres joins PSC as director of climate and sustainability and Colin Seals comes on as director of energy.

“For the past forty years, PSC has been at the forefront of advancing policy solutions to Michigan’s most pressing energy and environment issues,” said Julie Metty Bennett, chief executive officer at PSC. “Adding Joel and Colin to our talented roster of climate and energy practitioners positions PSC and our clients to keep moving Michigan toward a more equitable energy and climate future.”

Howrani Heeres comes to PSC from the City of Detroit, where most recently he led the new Office of Sustainability and developed the first Detroit sustainability strategic plan. At PSC, Howrani Heeres will use his extensive experience in project implementation and climate and sustainability planning to help organizations meaningfully advance sustainability and address the climate crisis head on with actionable solutions.

Seals most recently worked as the economic affairs officer for the U.S. Department of State, Embassy Ottawa (Canada). He served as the subject matter expert on energy, mining, innovation and health policy issues affecting the U.S.-Canada relationship. Prior to that, Seals held a similar role for the Embassy Santiago (Chile). Seals will draw on his vast understanding of mining and energy innovations to bring perspective to policy work that impacts Michigan’s natural resource and energy-intensive economies.

“Colin and Joel each bring distinctive expertise to the energy and environment work we do here at PSC,” said Maggie Pallone, vice president at PSC. “We help clients identify solutions and smart strategies that improve the lives of real people in Michigan and beyond. These two add valuable experience, a clear-eyed understanding of the current energy and environment landscape, and incredible insight that will positively impact policy decisions for the long term.”

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