M-WERC co-founder to retire

Organization makes changes to leadership team

Milwaukee-based Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) will change key leadership positions as the organization’s co-founder and former chief executive officer, Alan Perlstein, plans to retire, the organization recently announced.
Midwest Energy Research Consortium interim executive director Elizabeth Thelen.
Elizabeth Thelen, former director of entrepreneurship and talent at The Water Council, will become M-WERC’s interim executive director. Thelen joined M-WERC in 2020 from Milwaukee 7 where she ran the Midwest Innovation Exchange program. M-WERC executive director Dan Ebert, who took the position in 2019, will become senior strategic advisor with a focus on special projects.
Midwest Energy Research Consortium senior strategic advisor Dan Ebert
M-WERC was founded in 2009 by three universities and four industrial companies to focus on conducting collaborative and transformative energy related seed research, according to M-WERC’s website. The research consortium has since grown to more than 90 members with an annual budget of more than $ 1 million.

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