LANSING, Mich. (December 6, 2018)— Today the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MICEF) announced the addition of Emily Pallarito and Terris Todd to its Leadership Council. Pallarito first became involved with MICEF as one of five individuals chosen for the inaugural MICEF Fellowship Program in 2017. She currently works for Rivenoak Law Group and Rivenoak Consulting and is continuing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in community governance and public policy from Michigan State University (MSU) where she serves as the president of Protect Life at MSU. Pallarito is also an active 1stCongressional District Delegate for Otsego County.
Todd was elected to serve as the Michigan Republican Party Ethnic Vice Chair in 2017.He also serves as Chair of Education and Outreach for Calhoun County GOP. He is the first vice president of the Cereal City Chapter of B.I.G (Blacks in Government) and a member of the Michigan Republican Party African American Council to the Republican National Committee.
The MICEF Leadership Council is comprised of conservative leaders who believe Michigan needs to diversify its energy portfolio and move towards a true “All of the Above” generation mix, with an emphasis on transitioning to cleaner and more renewable forms of energy.
“We are thrilled to have such qualified individuals joining our Leadership Council,” said Ed Rivet, executive director of MICEF. “Todd’s experience as an educator, an ordained minister, and an advocate for the underprivileged, combined with Pallarito’s public policy work and community outreach efforts will help us broaden our scope and expand our network to achieve affordable, reliable and increasingly clean energy. The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is proud to welcome them to our Leadership Council.”
“Energy policy directly affects the lives of all Michiganders, and I have seen first-hand how important it can be to Michigan’s most vulnerable residents,”saidTodd, Battle Creek native and MICEF Leadership Council Member. “I believe that innovation and conservative principles such as free markets and competition will drive down the cost of electricity, making it more affordable for low-income families, schools, and churches.”
“My participation in the MICEF Fellowship Program opened my eyes to the importance of energy policy and taught me that conservatives have a significant role in the clean energy movement,” said Pallarito, Gaylord native and MICEF Leadership Council Member. “We all consume energy; it’s a bipartisan issue—one that has become unnecessarily polarized in recent years. I am excited to be part of an organization that is taking an active leadership role to depoliticize the issues that matter and improve our state’s energy policy, economy, and environment to the benefit of all Michigan ratepayers.”
About MICEF: The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MICEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for common-sense, market-based energy solutions that increase access to clean, affordable and reliable energy statewide. MICEF was established in 2013 as a platform for Michigan conservatives to promote the benefits of an “All of the Above” energy strategy that values clean energy and seeks to level the playing field among energy sources. MICEF is a founding member of a growing network of conservative state-level organizations that promote clean energy and energy waste reduction to stimulate economic growth, create jobs, protect and responsibly use our natural resources, while improving energy reliability and enhancing national and grid security. To learn more, visit http://www.micef.org.