Technical Advisory Council

The Technical Advisory Council supports ESA's research program. The real-world experiences and expertise of the TAC members inform ESA’s research agenda as members review research products and support educational programing. TAC members participate in regular planning meetings as well as ad-hoc discussions and reviews of ESA research efforts. 

Michael Leifman, Tenley Consulting

Michael Leifman is a strategist, analyst and thought leader based in Washington, DC. Michael is the founder of Tenley Consulting, a firm offering advisory and strategic planning services to corporations, start-ups, multilateral banks, foundations and NGOs on wide landscape of complex issues, including energy & environmental policy and economics, forecasting, “future of work,” technology innovation and business innovation. Before founding Tenley, Michael was the Senior Strategist for GE’s Business Innovations group, where he focused on the power business, artificial intelligence and the future of work, startup businesses within GE, and the economies of China and India. He was previously the Principal Strategist for GE Power, where he was responsible for injecting strategic thinking across the business, raising new ideas, opportunities and risks to senior leadership, and forcing attention on the non-obvious. In both strategy roles, Michael was an innovative communicator, podcasting and blogging across multiple (internal) channels. Michael joined GE in 2008, and for many years was the Director of Forecasting & Analytics for GE Power & Water, as well as the Director of the Modeling Center of Excellence for GE Energy. In this role, Michael developed a reputation not just for analytical rigor but also consensus building. Prior to GE, Michael worked for the US federal government, as the lead analyst in US DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and as a climate policy and economics analyst at US EPA. Michael also worked for an environmental policy consulting firm, analyzing a diverse set of issues, from chicken waste to the Kyoto Protocol. In addition to his day job, Michael co-hosts a podcast on technology startups and the economy called “Macro Micro Michael Marco & Startups at the Edge” (M4Edge). He holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon, and a bachelor’s degree from The University of Chicago. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons. Find him on LinkedIn; Tenley Consulting; and M4Edge.