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michael leibman

Michael Liebman

  • Global South

Michael is a Manager for RMI’s Global South program. He focuses on Puerto Rico’s energy transition and scaling learnings from this work to other Caribbean nations and beyond. He is currently working on microgrid deployment in lower and middle income communities in Puerto Rico with the objective of creating a community driven, resilient, renewable, and affordable energy system. He joins the Islands team with deep experience in transportation electrification, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and equity-focused programs. He spent over two years on the RMI Mobility Team, where he focused on bus electrification, the Mobility Innovation Lab, and fleet electrification. During his time at RMI, he has also worked on America’s Pledge, bus electrification programs in New York state, and other transportation-focused programs.


Prior to joining RMI, Michael gained a passion for sustainable transportation while working with multiple OEMs on electric vehicle launches. Michael worked as a field manager on the nationwide Drive Electric tour with the Nissan Leaf, executing events at utilities, businesses, universities, and regional and national events. During the launch of the BMW i3, he managed all vehicle operations for a 20,000 test drive campaign that included events at the Consumer Electronics Show, South by Southwest, and Art Basel Miami Beach. Before joining RMI, Michael worked as the program manager for Driving Experience at Jaguar Land Rover North America. While there, he managed the Art of Performance Tour and Jaguar Land Rover’s driving activation at the Invictus Games, among other programs.


BBA, Marketing, University of Miami, magna cum laude

Authored Works

We Have New Leadership and a New Year—We Need New Housing, Too

2021 remains a year of excitement despite a tumultuous start. With a new federal administration set to take office, vaccine distribution picking up, and the economy starting to re-gain momentum, Americans are eager to get back to their pre-pandemic routines. This year presents many new opportunities, including the opportunity for…


Under the Hood of the Leading Transportation Projects in the Midwest: A Snapshot of RMI and M-TEC’s First Mobility Accelerator

The wheels of electric transportation in the United States are spinning at a rapid clip. Battery electric and hybrid electric vehicle (EV) sales jumped 28 percent from 2017 to 2018. Model availability and range are increasing, enabling more Americans to make the switch to electric. This momentum…


Ground Zero for New Mobility in Cities

In late March, two rivals that have battled for market share in a competitive industry for nearly a century announced an unexpected partnership to blend their respective market strengths and gain an advantage in a landscape that is fundamentally changing. We are not talking about a telecom or…