PSR Announces 2013 Commencement Speaker

February 21, 2013
Daniel Borysewicz

PSR is pleased to announce that former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the PSR commencement speaker this year. PSR Commencement will be on Sunday, May 26 at 4:00 p.m. Gov. Granholm "became a household name" after delivering an energetic and inspiring speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 6. (watch below)

Jennifer M. Granholm was elected governor of Michigan 2002. In 2006, she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in Michigan. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn that resulted from a meltdown in the automotive and manufacturing sectors. She worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the advanced manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio.

After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future (Amazon), which tells how Michigan pioneered ways out of an economic storm and offers proven advice for a nation desperate to create jobs. The book, which she wrote with her husband, Dan Mulhern, became a Washington Post political bestseller shortly after its release.

Granholm is a Distinguished Practitioner of Law and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s School of Law and Goldman School of Public Policy. She recently served as an advisor to Pew Charitable Trusts’ Clean Energy Program where she led a national campaign for clean energy policies. She has been mentioned as a potential Supreme Court justice for President Barack Obama. She was a member of the presidential transition team for Barack Obama before he assumed office on January 20, 2009.

Granholm is an honors graduate of both the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She and her husband have three children.

Gov. Granholm's Speech at the 2012 Democratic Convention

(Bio information gleaned from and her article on Wikipedia)