LANSING, Mich. -- Public Sector Consultants, Michigan's premier policy research and management firm, recently hired three staff members as PSC continues to grow.
In order to meet demand for sound policy solutions affecting the public, private and nonprofit sectors, PSC is focusing on growth. By bringing on Laura Palombi, Alysa Arwood and Lindsay Patton-Carson, PSC will be able to expand its capacity in its energy, environment and communication practices.
Palombi joins the firm as a senior consultant specializing in renewable energy generation and efficiency. She serves as the operations manager for Michigan Saves, a multimillion dollar renewable and energy-efficiency financing nonprofit developed, implemented and managed by PSC.
"We are delighted to have Laura on board," said Mary Templeton, executive director of Michigan Saves. "Her experience in energy efficiency and management will help us develop new programs as well as streamline existing processes to broaden our reach so more Michigan families and businesses can take control of their energy bills. Her role is instrumental in serving our contractors and customers even more efficiently and effectively."
Palombi completed her graduate work at the University of Michigan with a dual MBA/MS degree program from the Ross School of Business and School of Natural Resources and the Environment through the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. She also holds a BS in environmental science and management from Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College, along with an MS in entomology. During her studies, she spent a semester in Nepal where, while riding an elephant, she saw a tiger in the wild.
Before joining PSC, Palombi served as head zookeeper and associate curator of invertebrates for the Detroit Zoological Society, and as director of business development for Clean Energy Coalition.
If she were stuck on an island with nothing but an MP3 player, Palombi would listen to Paul Simon's Graceland until the batteries wore out.
Alysa Arwood comes to PSC as a project assistant, coordinating services for another PSC-managed nonprofit, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust -- a multimillion dollar environmental foundation dedicated to enhancing, protecting and rehabilitating Great Lakes fishery resources. Since 1998, the GLFT has awarded more than $60 million in grant funds for fishery research, developing and improving shore-based angling access, habitat restoration and stewardship activities. As project assistant, Arwood provides administrative support to the foundation and assists with grant management.
"Alysa will help the GLFT reach its goals by supporting managers and team members, as well as board and committee members, on a day-to-day basis with administrative support, and underpin the implementation of organizational objectives and strategic plans for improving the health of fish in our Great Lakes," said Mark Coscarelli, vice president.
She comes to PSC from Truscott Rossman, a public relations firm, where she was a communications and public relations associate. Previously, she worked at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) as an administrative assistant for the Legal, Compliance and Risk Management Office and the President's Office.
In addition to working for GVSU, Arwood received her BA in history and political science from the university. As a kid, her eye was on paleontology instead of public policy. GVSU and PSC changed that.
If she were to have dinner with anyone in history, Arwood would choose Marie Laveau, a New Orleans voodoo practitioner who passed away in 1881.
Lindsay Patton-Carson joins PSC as the creative content consultant. In this position, she writes and creates materials to support marketing efforts and communication and social media for both the firm and its clients.
"Lindsay's creativity and thoughtful approach to copywriting will bring a fresh voice to our marketing materials for the firm and its clients," said Selma Tucker, director of marketing and communications. "The marketing and communications division was created in 2013 and has seen tremendous growth and demand over its services since then. Lindsay will be instrumental in finding the right voice to communicate complex policy issues while experimenting with innovative ways to tell the stories of our clients."
Previously, Patton-Carson worked as the managing editor for Revue, a West Michigan entertainment guide, and the nonprofit reporter for their sister publication MiBiz. She spent seven years at Revue, where she interviewed media personalities such as Henry Rollins, Kathy Griffin, Ben Folds and Ani DiFranco. In 2011, she was promoted from associate editor to managing editor, a position that oversaw and managed all editorial aspects of the magazine.
Patton-Carson comes to the firm with significant experience creating click-worthy content published online in Jezebel, xoJane, The Huffington Post, One Green Planet and more.
Patton-Carson earned her BS in journalism with a minor in Spanish from GVSU. Aside from her professional life, she likes running, music (particularly David Bowie), and her two dogs.
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