Chris is the president of Center for Energy and Environment. He took over the role in March 2016, making him CEE's second leader since it began work as the City of Minneapolis' Energy Office in 1979.
Chris came to CEE from community-focused energy efficiency nonprofit Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC), based in St. Paul. In addition to overseeing NEC's goal setting, external relations, administration, and finances, he helped expand its program offerings which include residential energy audits; home loans; Energy Fit Homes certification (in partnership with CEE); and the award-winning HOURCAR car-sharing program. Under his leadership, NEC’s annual budget increased from $2 million to $5 million, the staff count nearly tripled, and organizational assets grew almost fourfold.
Prior to NEC, Chris was assistant director of the Energy CENTS Coalition, where he had worked previously as an advocate for low-income customers at the Public Utilities Commission and legislature and as an energy efficiency program manager. Before that, he was acting director of the Minnesota Senior Federation, where he coordinated public policy activities and statewide public relations. Chris holds a BA in history from Macalester College in St. Paul.