Michel Gelobter

CEO, Lean Change


Michel Gelobter directs the Sustainability, Energy, and Innovation practices at infoedge, a management consultancy. Michel has held senior positions in advocacy, government, academia, and business, with an ongoing substantive focus on environment, energy, and social justice. As a businessman, he founded the first consumer-facing climate software company, Cooler, and was a founder or senior leader in two other cleantech startups. As an advocate, Michel co-founded a number of environmental justice, water, and oceans organizations and led Redefining Progress from 2001 through 2006, where he worked to originate and design the world’s most aggressive climate legislation (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act). As an academic Michel was the founding director of the Program on Environmental Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to that, his government service included staffing the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and serving as Assistant Commissioner for the New York City’s $2 billion-a-year water utility and environmental agency.

Michel earned his Ph.D at ERG and presently serves as a Board member of CERES, the California Clean Energy Fund, and the African-American Advisory Committee of the Spence-Chapin Adoption Agency. He is co-founder the Green Leadership Trust, and directs the innovation and sustainability practices at infoedge, a management consulting firm operating at the intersection of big data and strategy, and recently published Lean Startups for Social Change: The Revolutionary Path to Big Impact (Berrett-Koehler Press, 2016). Michel lives with his three children in Berkeley, CA.