Bob Chapman - Executive Director

Bob is a Detroit native and lifelong Michigan resident. Bob’s 35 years of energy-related work include teaching residential energy auditing, designing and overseeing residential and small business energy efficiency programs and starting an energy consulting business that designed and ran energy saving workshops for low-income customers under contracts with Detroit Edison, MichCon and Consumers Energy. For 18 years beginning in 1996, Bob was the executive director of EcoWorks, formerly WARM Training Center, which became one of the leaders in Michigan in promoting sustainable practices for all income groups. Bob’s faith pushes him to work for a better, more just world for his children and grandchildren.         
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Leah Wiste - Director of Outreach & Advocacy

Leah has worked with Michigan IPL since 2013. She is deeply invested in advocating for the protection of our sacred Earth and all of its awesome creatures, especially animals. Leah enjoys writing and has degrees in Women’s Studies and Cultural Anthropology. When she’s not evangelizing about energy efficiency and fighting climate change, she’s weeding the garden, hanging out with dogs, or working on her house in Northwest Detroit. 
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Lindsey Sharp - Operations Manager

Lindsey has been with Michigan IPL since 2016. In her previous work, she used the experience and knowledge gained from her degree in Sustainability Studies to develop a company-wide composting program, a Green Purchasing Plan, and a company green team. In addition to riding with her women’s motorcycle club and volunteering at metro-area wildlife conservation programs, Lindsey is also working towards completing a postgraduate program in sustainability and conservation studies.
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Jennifer Young - Project Manager

Jennifer holds a Masters of Science in Resource Policy & Behavior from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Eastern Michigan University.  Prior to working with Michigan IPL, Jennifer worked as a Program Manager for the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office where she convened local government leaders in southeast Michigan communities in collaborative renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.  In recent years, Jennifer has been actively involved in interfaith initiatives, including the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network. In her free time, Jennifer also serves on the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission and is the secretary for the U.S. Green Building Council Detroit Regional Chapter’s LEED for Neighborhood Development committee.  Jennifer’s love of, and reverence for, nature stems from camping trips in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, where her Dad took her and her sister during many beloved summers in her childhood.
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