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Valence strategic provides strategic policy, technology and market insight into the transformational industries of the 21st century. We focus on industries that enable new business models, disrupt society or reconfigure the relationship between humans, technology and the physical world. Valence specializes in industries that are, or will be, inextricably linked to government policy and regulation. 


Insight for transformational industries



Levi Tillemann

Partner -- electrification and automation

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.

Colin McCormick

Partner -- imagery and artificial intelligence

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).

Michael Aylward

Partner -- renewable energy and robotics

Michael Aylward is responsible for renewable energy and robotics. He is an expert on policy and regulatory issues in California and the federal government. He has served in the Obama White House, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on the strategy team for Pacific Gas and Electric and as a private consultant. Michael has helped design and implement strategies for the large scale integration of renewable energy, storage technologies and distributed generation into the grid. He has a BA from Wesleyann and an MA in economics from the University of Michigan.


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