Michigan Clean Cities is a part of a network of nearly 90 coalitions in the U.S. through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative.
Michigan Clean Cities is a part of a network of nearly 90 coalitions in the U.S. through the U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities Initiative. Our coalition is made up of stakeholders with a mission to improve air quality and energy security in Michigan by reducing dependence on oil in transportation fuels through alternative fuel and vehicle usage, and fuel economy practices. Michigan Clean Cities staff help those stakeholders meet their goals in adopting clean transportation solutions.
Michigan Clean Cities stakeholders include fleets, corporations, nonprofit organizations, utilities, local and state governments, and individuals – anyone interested in ways cleaner fuels, vehicles, and practices can improve our air quality and energy security. Are you fueled by this mission? Learn how you can get involved.
Michigan Clean Cities is a 501c3 nonprofit affiliated with and staffed by NextEnergy, a nonprofit organization accelerating smarter, cleaner, more accessible solutions for communities and cities. Together, we’re driving solutions for the clean transportation paradigm shift.
Maggie Striz Calnin
Maggie has represented the interests of Michigan Clean Cities coalition members since 2007. As director with Michigan Clean Cities coalition, Maggie is responsible for the management, strategy, and program delivery for the organization. Maggie’s career is focused on helping private, public, and third-sector organizations to develop, fund, and manage projects and strategy. Her work includes roles in government and campaigns, community organizing, and issue advocacy. Maggie’s international experience includes supporting projects with the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility as a consultant and a boutique guest house in Xizhou, China with the inaugural cohort of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources program.
Alisha Kiovanni is the Executive Assistant at NextEnergy and provides administrative and support to Michigan Clean Cities. Kiovanni has years of experience as an administrative professional providing high level administrative support to managers and executives by determining their requirements along with executing tasks and projects within deadlines. Kiovanni also has vast experience in office management and project coordination while demonstrating proficient multitasking skills, exceptional communication and customer service acumen. Kiovanni holds a certification in entrepreneurial business management, a culinary degree with a specialization in pastry arts, and was the proprietor of Alisha K’s Signature Cheesecake for over 10 years.
Technical Program Manager
Lauren Mattar is a Technical Program Manager focusing on Mobility at NextEnergy and provides strategic counsel to Michigan Clean Cities. She combines her passion for sustainability and relationship building with her engineering background and project management skills to help accelerate private-public partnerships to advance clean, smart, and accessible solutions in the mobility space. Prior to joining NextEnergy, Lauren worked as a project manager for several years in both the transportation and building product sectors. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, a Master of Engineering Management from Penn State University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the Project Management Institute.
Research and Program Analyst
Jamie Leonard is a Research and Program Analyst at NextEnergy. In this role, he supports the organization’s projects through research, data analysis, and results tracking. To accomplish this, he draws on his experience with the Michigan Clean Cities coalition, where he previously worked with fleet managers around the state of Michigan to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Michigan State University.
Manager, Marketing and Public Relations; Community Engagement Liaison
Lauren began her role as marketing and public relations manager at NextEnergy in the fall of 2023. Prior to joining the team, she held roles in communications, public relations, and broadcast news.
A Detroit native, Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Michigan – Flint, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication with a minor in marketing. Throughout her career, she has developed a love for storytelling, building relationships, and testing her creative limits.
effrey Hoang is an intern working with Michigan Clean Cities through the US DOE Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program (CCUWDP). He supports member and stakeholder engagement through marketing, outreach, and event planning. Jeffrey has previous experience organizing outreach programs and events for political campaigns at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He is currently pursuing a degree in Political Science and Communication at Eastern Michigan University. Jeffrey’s career focus is on public service and policy to help impact local communities in Michigan.
Our Board of Directors
Director of Strategic Planning
Lansing Board of Water and Light
Company Manager, Engineer
You may be wondering what Michigan Clean Cities can do for you. If you have questions about alternative fuels or advanced technology vehicles, you have come to the right place. Our coalition can:
Help fleet managers review different scenarios for powertrains that can do the work their vehicles need to do–whether operations are on road, off road, rail, marine, or air.
Help organizations find funding sources to lower the out-of-pocket cost for these solutions.
Help raise awareness and interest among all customer segments for low- and zero-emissions powertrains and fuels.
Help communities understand, plan, and implement electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
Help economic developers understand, plan, and implement commercial vehicle fueling for low- and zero-emission fuels like electric, hydrogen, renewable diesel, autogas, and renewable natural gas.
Launched in 2022, the Affordable Mobility Platform project which is deploying electric vehicle carsharing programs at multi-family housing communities in Michigan and nationwide.View Project
Launched in 2022, EMPOWER is a nationwide project led by Columbia-Willamette Clean Cities Coalition and East Tennessee Clean Fuels with Michigan based activities led by MICC.View Project
Launched in 2009, Clear the Air for School Kids is an ongoing effort to boost clean school bus and reduce engine idling with and for school districts and students.View Project