Julie’s love for well-conceived public policy starts with her love of nature. Whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, or boating, the backdrop of her life is the environment she works every day to manage and protect. This innate connection to natural surroundings fuels Julie’s commitment to thoughtful environmental and energy policy. Twenty years of research in this arena, coupled with her shrewd sense of what is practical and possible, have made Julie an expert on both state and national levels.

Responsible for PSC’s energy and environment practice, Julie’s leadership and collegial management style has produced tangible solutions for some of the state’s most vexing problems. Leading groundbreaking research on electric reliability and capacity, creating and managing multimillion-dollar nonprofits, and facilitating the governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission—Julie’s influence on issues that affect people’s lives and their natural resources is profound. Additionally, she spends a significant portion of her time leading the firm and developing a diverse staff to help realize the company’s vision.

Beyond her own practice area, Julie is responsible for PSC’s new lines of business in marketing and communications, program management, and implementation. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in advocacy and research for the National Wildlife Federation and the Michigan United Conservation Clubs.

Email: jbennett@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social and Political Science and an MS in Resource Development, all from Michigan State University

With PSC since: April 2000

PSC superpower: Sizzle and steak, delivering substantive, high-quality results in exciting and thoughtful ways

Favorite part of working at PSC: Seeing our impact on people’s lives

Why Michigan? Family roots, natural resources, and incredible outdoor recreation