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Work Experience

Core skill sets: policy research, data analysis, community capacity building/trainings, popular education curriculum development, facilitation, public speaking, legislative advocacy, nonprofit management, fundraising,

I focus on energy and environmental justice and all the ways they intersect with house, etc.



Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED)

Co-Founder and Executive Director, 2008-2017, Minneapolis, MN

Director/Fellow at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (9/08-6/11)


Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA)

Senior Energy Associate, (4/06-9/08), St. Paul, MN

Renewable energy portfolios, biomass policy research, legislative work at state capitol

The Green Institute

Community Energy Project Manager (6/04 – 4/06)


Fresh Energy

Research Fellow (8/03 – 5/04), St. Paul, MN

Renewable energy


Kiel Institute for World Economics

Environment and Natural Resources Research Associate (10/02 – 2/03), Kiel, Germany

U.S. Department of Energy, Argonne National Laboratory

Policy Analyst (11/99 – 6/00), Argonne, IL



Yale University

Masters in Environmental Management

School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


University of Chicago

Bachelor of Science

Geology & Geophysical Sciences


Visiting Scholar, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), University of Delaware, 2008-2009

Archibald Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow (BLF), 2008

Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) National Fellow, 2006-2008

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Planetary Geology Research Program, 1998

Boards & Committees

  • National Climate Adaptation Forum, Program and Equity Committee, 2016-2017

  • Midwest Environmental Justice Network, Leadership Team, 2009-2017

  • Climate Justice Alliance, National Steering Committee, 2015-2016

  • RE-AMP Steering Committee, At-large member, 2014-2015

  • Minneapolis Community Environmental Advisory Commission (appointed by City Council) 2013-2015

  • Headwaters Foundation for Justice Board Member, Nov 2006-2011 (Board co-Chair 2008-2009)

  • Next Generation Energy Board Member (appointed by Minnesota Governor), June 2007-2008

  • Rock Tenn Energy Source Community Advisory Panel (appointed by St. Paul Port Auth.), Aug 2007-2008

  • Technical Working Group member, Agriculture, Forestry and Waste, Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group (Appointed by Governor’s Office), August 2007-Feburary 2008

  • Environmental Justice Advocates of Minnesota (EJAM) Board Member, Jan 2006-2008

  • Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) Board Member, Feb 2006-Feb 2007

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