Michael Skelly is a renewable energy entrepreneur and pioneers in the US wind industry. Skelly is a Senior Advisor at the investment bank Lazard where he advises companies and investors on renewable energy and sustainability. Michael was the founder and president of Clean Line Energy, a company that developed interstate transmission lines which successfully permitted the largest transmission line in the U.S. in the last 50 years.
Skelly applies his expertise in developing infrastructure projects to enhance transportation options and increase access to parks in his adopted hometown of Houston, Texas. In 2012, he led the "Parks By You" campaign, which resulted in the passage of a $150 million bond measure to fund 100 plus miles of trails along the city's bayous, an effort in which Skelly remains deeply involved.
In addition to the Board of Directors of LINK Houston, Skelly sits on the boards of the Houston Bike Share, the Houston Parks Board, LINK Houston, Greentown Labs in Houston and TXRX Labs, .He is an active angel investor in the sustainability field, supporting innovating ventures in lithium production, shared mobility, and energy storage. Skelly's public service includes working as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America and a run for the US Congress in 2008, where he was the Democratic nominee for the 7th Congressional District of Texas.
Skelly is the principal protagonist in Superpower, a book by Wall Street Journal reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Russell Gold. The book chronicles the growth and development of renewable energy in the 21st century. Gold's new book follows his history of natural gas fracking, The Boom.
Skelly holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He speaks fluent Spanish. Skelly and his wife Anne Whitlock have three children in their twenties. They live in Firehouse No. 2, a 110 year old brick fire station which they restored in the East End of Houston.