Christian Koch is a Policy Associate on MEEA’s Policy Team and works to support policy initiatives at the local, state, and regional levels by conducting outreach and education to policymakers and other stakeholders to convey the economic and environmental value of energy efficiency. Christian is also responsible for tracking regulatory and policy developments in MEEA’s 13-state region, with a special focus on Illinois, Michigan, and the Dakotas.
Most recently, Christian worked as the Director of Legislative Affairs at Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, where he advocated state energy policy on behalf of 150 advanced energy companies doing business in Michigan.
While pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of Michigan, Christian worked with the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) where he conducted policy research on the local, state, and international levels to help inform NREL’s understanding of potential policy initiatives that can help facilitate circular economy practices within the U.S. solar industry.
Christian is a proud Midwesterner who has lived in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and now resides in Chicago, Illinois. Christian holds a B.A. from Michigan State University where he majored in Social Relations & Policy and holds an M.S. from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability where he studied Environmental Policy & Planning.
In his spare time, he enjoys biking and exploring Midwest cities’ food scenes, cultural landmarks, and outdoor spaces.