Insight  for  Transformational  Industries




What We Do 


Valence Strategic provides policy, technology and market insight into the transformational industries of the 21st century. We focus on technologies that enable new business models, disrupt markets, reconfigure the relationship between humans and the physical world and are heavily reliant on government policy and regulation. 

Our services include strategy consulting, expert testimony, technology-focused workshops, speeches and bespoke research projects.


Levi Tillemann

Partner, Electric Vehicles & Autonomous Vehicles

Dr. Levi Tillemann is responsible for electrification and autonomous vehicles. He has more than a decade of experience in automotive innovation and policy. He was the CEO of IRIS Engines, Inc., is author of The Great Race: The Global Quest for the Car of the Future, and is a fellow at New America. Levi also recently finished an appointment as an advisor to the Obama administration at the Department of Energy. He holds a BA from Yale, a PhD from Johns Hopkins and speaks Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese.

Austin Brown

Partner, Data Science and Mobility

Dr. Austin Brown has deep expertise in science, technology, and energy policy. Dr. Brown is currently Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, the Environment, and the Economy at the University of California, Davis. Before joining UC Davis, Dr. Brown led transportation, energy efficiency and climate mitigation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he prepared technology evaluations for President Obama and his senior advisers. He has led numerous large analysis efforts including one of the first published assessment of the potential energy impacts of highly automated vehicles.  He has a Ph.D. from Stanford in biophysics from Stanford and a B.S. in physics from Harvey Mudd and teaches as an adjunct at Johns Hopkins University.


Colin McCormick

Partner and Chief Technologist

Dr. Colin McCormick is responsible for imagery and artificial intelligence. Previously he served as the Senior Advisor for R&D in the Office of the Under Secretary at the Department of Energy. Prior to joining the Department of Energy he was a staff member with the House Science and Technology Committee and a AAAS Congressional Fellow on the staff of Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts. Dr. McCormick received his PhD in atomic and optical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, and did post-doctoral work in quantum optics at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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