Founder and Chairman, Cooler, Inc.
Michel Gelobter is one of the country’s leading sustainability and climate strategists, having worked for more than 25 years in business, policy, research, and advocacy on energy, environmental, and social policy. He is Founder and Chairman of the Board of Cooler, a for-profit social venture whose mission is to connect every consumer purchase to a solution for global warming, and Chief Green Officer at Hara, the fastest growing provider of environmental and energy management solutions.
Prior to Cooler, Mr. Gelobter was President of Redefining Progress, the think-tank that helped design the world’s most aggressive climate legislation which was signed into California law in August of 2006. Mr. Gelobter also founded and directed the Environmental Policy Program at Columbia University, worked as a Congressional Black Caucus Fellow as well as for the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, was Director of Environmental Quality for the City of New York, and served as an Assistant Commissioner for its Department of Environmental Protection. He serves the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Climate Protection, and is a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Ceres.
Mr. Gelobter earned his B.S., M.S. and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in Energy and Resources.