Mary Blanchard

Associate Director

Wisconsin Energy Institute

Mary Blanchard joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) in January of 2014 as the new associate director. Blanchard, whose career portfolio spans business development, industrial and governmental relations and marketing, makes a promising addition to the WEI.

Formerly the Director of Marketing and Governmental Affairs at Virent, Inc., Blanchard brings to the WEI extensive knowledge of the biofuel industry and a broad understanding of the economic, social and environmental opportunities created by sustained, cross-disciplinary research on energy.

“Innovative energy technologies can save money, increase productivity and create jobs, while reducing the environmental impacts of energy use,” Blanchard says. “Making these discoveries is essential for a sustainable and prosperous future for Wisconsin and beyond.”

Twenty years of industry experience have taught Blanchard the value of creativity and versatility in approaching scientific projects aimed at complex industrial markets.