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Mike Williams

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Mike Williams is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on the nexus between creating and retaining high-quality, union jobs and fighting the climate crisis. Prior to joining American Progress, Williams helped build and lead the BlueGreen Alliance (BGA), serving in many roles over 12 years, most recently as the deputy director. His primary work was to oversee partnership and coalition engagement and advise on and implement the strategic direction of the organization. Williams also helped oversee BGA’s policy and advocacy operations, with a distinct focus on climate change, energy, manufacturing, and labor policy. He was point for BGA at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Changenegotiations from Copenhagen through Paris, and he spearheaded innovative programs—such as BGA’s successful Buy Clean effort.

Earlier in his career, Williams worked Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), handling energy, environmental, and transportation issues. While there, he helped author the Climate MATTERS Act, among the most progressive pieces of climate change legislation at that time. Williams also worked for the National Wildlife Federation, helping launch their environmental education advocacy campaign and assisting with policy and campaigns on energy policy and the Water Resources Development Act.

Williams graduated from George Washington University with a master’s in public policy, concentrating in environmental policy. He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston University, where he studied philosophy and music. He lives in Maine with his wife (Tara), two kids (Marilyn and John), dog, cat, and way too much camping gear.


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A Green Buyers Club In the News

A Green Buyers Club

In this report published by Clean Energy Canada, Mike Williams, Rachel Chang, and their co-authors Jana Elbrecht, Ollie Sheldrick, and Mary Hellmich, analyze the status of green public procurement for construction materials in Germany, Canada, and the United States.

Clean Energy Canada

Rachel Chang, Jana Elbrecht, Mary Hellmich, 2 More Ollie Sheldrick, Mike Williams

The Pathway to Industrial Decarbonization Report
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The Pathway to Industrial Decarbonization

To effectively tackle the climate crisis and reach net-zero emissions by 2050, the United States must provide a pathway to accelerating the decarbonization of heavy industry while supporting high-quality, union jobs and a clean and equitable environment.

Mike Williams, Auburn Bell

The Road to 30 Gigawatts: Key Actions To Scale an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States Report

The Road to 30 Gigawatts: Key Actions To Scale an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States

To ensure the United States is set up for a sustainable future that supports local communities, creates good jobs, and minimizes impacts on the environment, the country needs a thriving offshore wind industry.

Teresa R. Christopher, Miriam Goldstein, Mike Williams, 1 More Alexandra Carter

Build Back American Article
A rainbow forms behind windmills.

Build Back American

The investment plan outlined in President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better agenda would help to revitalize domestic manufacturing and ensure that clean energy supply chains are not dependent on China.

Mike Williams, Laura Edwards

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