Senior Vice President, Head of Public Policy
Mike Mielke is an expert policy advocate, coalition builder and program manager, with over 25 years of experience in the developed and developing world. He has worked on policy at both the national level, while with the Clinton Administration, and for over 13 years in California, while employed at the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
Mike is regularly called upon to provide experienced counsel to leaders in the business, government and nonprofit sectors. Having launched three different organizations, Mike has extensive experience conceptualizing partnerships that engage the public and key influencers to address some of the most pressing environmental and community development challenges. He is a sought after speaker and is regularly asked to engage on policy and campaigns in areas such as climate change, water, corporate sustainability, and the politics of environmental policy.
Mike has held jobs in the non-profit, government, and private sectors, including posts with a number of consulting firms, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the National Estuary Program. His direct experience encompasses collaboration with business, non-profits, foundations, local and national governments, and bi- and multilateral donor organizations.
Results from Mike's work include helping conceptualize and pass environmental legislation; serving on winning ballot campaign steering committees; creating a number of non-profit start-ups; empowering communities to meet complex development challenges; and institutional strengthening and capacity building for local, state and national level government, non-governmental, and community-based organizations.
Mike has worked internationally in Afghanistan, Thailand, Egypt and all across the southern Caribbean (post Hurricane Ivan).
Mike has been quoted and published in a number of national and regional publications such as The Hill, the Silicon Valley Business Journal, San Jose Mercury News, and Sacramento Bee, and he has been interviewed on KQED, ABC 7 News, and Climate One.
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