News Release: Stephanie Haddad hired as CEE Chief Operating Officer

Mar 26, 2018

Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) today announces the hiring of Stephanie Haddad as its new chief operating officer. Haddad replaces longtime COO Jeni Amendt, who is retiring after 22 years of exemplary service.

The COO position is responsible for overall strategy and implementation of CEE’s risk management, finance, HR, I.T., contracts, and office management, leading an operational staff of 19 through four direct reports to serve the full organization. The position ensures operational and ethical excellence across administrative teams, balancing internal business needs with legal compliance, best practices, and a collaborative, mission-driven culture. The COO also serves as the main staff liaison to CEE's board of directors.

"This position is critically important to achieving our mission, especially as we continue to expand our services and strategies,” says Chris Duffrin, CEE president, referencing the nonprofit’s 2017 merger with the Neighborhood Energy Connection in St. Paul, as well as notable enhancements in its financing, residential, and commercial offerings. “Although we were fortunate to identify several top-notch candidates in our search, Stephanie emerged from the pack with just the right mix of operational expertise and composure."

For the past five years, Haddad has served as assistant dean at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, which ranks among the country’s top 10 public affairs graduate programs. In the assistant dean role, Haddad is part of the school’s leadership team and oversees several functions including student services and operations. Before starting at the Humphrey School in 2012, Haddad worked as program director with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for eight years.

Earlier in her career, Haddad worked in various roles with several nonprofits including the Longfellow Community Council, Southeast Asian Community Council, YouthCARE/Camp Sunrise, Outward Bound South Africa, and Youth Frontiers. Haddad has participated in Leadership Twin Cities, Rotary International's Group Study Abroad (India), and the University of Minnesota's President's Excellence in Leadership program. She currently serves on the YouthCARE board of directors. She earned her BA in history at Dartmouth College, and her master’s degree in Public Policy at the Humphrey School.

"Many of this job’s joys are also its greatest challenges,” explains Jeni Amendt, who will leave CEE after helping to guide it through considerable growth, an executive transition, and a merger during her tenure. “Our large staff is approaching 150 now, operating diverse programs and services in the field and out of our two offices in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Stephanie's wide range of nonprofit experience and deep skills peg her as a uniquely qualified person for this post, and I'm excited — for her and for CEE — to welcome her to the role."

Haddad will start work at CEE on April 16, overlapping with Amendt during a transition period of several weeks.

About CEE

Center for Energy and Environment is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. Since the 1980s, CEE has provided a range of practical and cost-effective energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities. Online at

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