Rachel Tronstein is the President of Gardner-White Furniture, a Michigan-based family-owned and operated furniture retailer since 1912. Gardner-White is a team of innovators and has been the first to do many things within the industry. Gardner-White is also distinguished within the furniture industry with the number of daughters who have followed their father’s footsteps and joined the Gardner-White team. Tronstein is the fourth-generation at Gardner-White, working alongside both of her parents.
Tronstein returned to Michigan in 2012, having previously worked in clean energy. She spent five years at the U.S. Department of Energy developing a solar energy R&D initiative to drive down the installed cost of solar energy to be cost competitive with traditional forms of electricity like coal by 2020 – the U.S. is ahead of that goal. Prior to that, she focused on the clean energy portfolio of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
Tronstein has a master of science degree from the London School of Economics and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan, where she was president of the undergraduate student body and remains a very proud Wolverine.