Mike Mielke is the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Sr. Vice President, Environment & Energy. In this capacity, he works to advance state and federal policy specifically related to climate change mitigation and adaptation; corporate environmental sustainability; water quality, supply and governance; and hazardous and solid waste.
Mielke life’s work involves promoting stronger and more sustainable businesses and communities. He has held jobs in the non-profit, government and private sectors, including posts with a number of consulting firms, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, and the National Estuary Program. His direct experience encompasses assignments in the developed and developing world, where his work required close collaboration with business, non-profits, local and national governments, and bi- and multi-lateral donor organizations.
Prior to joining the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Mielke was the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Washington, a non-partisan not-for-profit dedicated to working with companies and local governments to advance the principles of corporate social responsibility. Prior to running SB NOW, Mielke worked as an international development consultant, serving in posts such as Afghanistan, Thailand, Egypt and all across the southern Caribbean.
Mielke moved to Silicon Valley in 2008, after living in Washington DC for more than thirteen years. He and his wife Cary live in Redwood City with their son Joshua. Mike and his family greatly enjoy spending time hiking the Bay Area’s many scenic trails in search of the next awe-inspiring vista.
Mielke holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy, with a specialization in Ecological Economics, and a B.S. in Environmental Science. He is also a board member with Sustainable Silicon Valley.