As a member of CEE's refrigeration consulting and One-Stop Efficiency Shop teams, Tyson supports small to midsize businesses by evaluating existing refrigeration and HVAC systems, diagnosing improvement opportunities, and providing recommendations for efficiency upgrades or replacements.
Before CEE, Tyson spent eight years as a commercial sales manager for Batteries Plus Bulbs across Wisconsin and California. He attended Gateway Technical School in Kenosha, WI, with a focus on HVAC and business.
Prior to working at CEE, Jessica worked in operations in both a creative staffing firm and in an environmental non-profit. Human resources fell under the umbrella of operations in her previous roles, and she managed the onboarding and offboarding processes, benefits administration, and more.
Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her degree helped her to effectively and compassionately communicate with people with diverse personalities and backgrounds.
She also received cross cultural sensitivity training which has been a valuable asset in terms of supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
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As systems administrator, Kyle ensures smooth and secure installation, operation, and maintenance of servers, services, and network infrastructure at CEE's offices.
AS the multifamily program manager, Grant is responsible for implementing CEE's multifamily programs, including overseeing day-to-day tasks of utility programs and strategizing on expanding CEE's reach within the multifamily sector.
Grant started at CEE as an energy auditor. Previously, he worked for a variety of governmental agencies as a naturalist, delivering environmental education to diverse audiences. He holds a BS in environmental geoscience from Northland College in Ashland, WI.
In his role as outreach specialist, Terry helps strengthen relationships with community partners.
Prior to CEE, he worked as a community organizer advocating for environmental and labor issues. Terry holds a BA in philosophy and a master’s in public policy, both from the University of Minnesota.
As a senior energy auditor, Mike is an expert at explaining to homeowners the nuances of home energy conservation and how to best achieve the maximum energy savings and home comfort.
Mike has more than 25 years of experience conducting energy audits, weatherization inspections and HERS ratings.
As an energy advisor, Rita provides energy advising and schedules services to all CEE residential customers.
Rita joined CEE in 2018. Previously she worked for over 15 years in design, creating prints and artwork for apparel, and she worked as an information specialist at the Industrial Fabrics Association International. Rita graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in clothing design and studied further in graphic design.
As a community energy planner on CEE’s Communities team, Deirdre works with communities through Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy and other programs that foster community-led strategic energy, resilience, and climate planning. Deirdre is also certified as an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) certified by the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. That certification allows her to guide communities through infrastructure projects with a sustainability, resiliency, and equity lens, leading to the recognition of projects for those efforts and ensuring the project's success. Deirdre also participates on CEE’s staff council and volunteers for multiple water organizations in Minnesota.
Deirdre joined CEE in 2019. She came to CEE from a nonprofit where she did similar community and local government work for water sustainability and conservation. Along with her education in environmental and social sciences, she is trained in facilitation and received the 2019 Excellence Award for Volunteer Program Development from the Minnesota Association for Volunteer Leadership.
As an energy counselor, Finneas works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money.
Prior to CEE, Finneas worked in the food service industry and retail. He took classes at Century College in White Bear for the Energy Technical Specialist two year degree program where he gained knowledge in wiring, energy efficiency, and building science.
Karin most recently worked as a Regional Operations Specialist for Coldwell Banker Realty in Edina. She previously worked at ResourceWest, a charitable nonprofit in Hopkins. She spent three years working as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japan with the JET Program and has volunteered with the Minnesota Literacy Council.
As an energy advisor, Elliott provides energy advising and schedules services to all CEE residential customers.
Prior to CEE, Elliott worked at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board with aquatic invasive species management. He also spent time working for the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa working as a crew leader doing natural resources work.
Elliott holds a degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, with an environmental studies minor. During his time at Eau Claire, Elliott was on the board of the Student Office of Sustainability and was a part of the waste audit report research team.
As a senior energy auditor for CEE’s residential programs, Benjamin inspects homes to assess insulation levels, air tightness, and combustion appliances to identify ways that homeowners can make their homes safer and more energy efficient.
Before CEE, Benjamin studied earth and ocean science in Ireland and finished his associate’s at Western Technical College in building science and energy management.
Josh manages the Salesforce system at CEE's St. Paul office.
He previously worked on targeting and data systems for Clean Water Action and as an organizer for forest and wildlife protection with the Sierra Club.
As a multifamily energy auditor, Phil assists with CEE’s multifamily programs, working to make multifamily buildings of all sizes more efficient.
Phil started as an energy counselor in 2016. Previously, he worked as a senior survey research analyst at Food Perspectives, Inc., a market research taste test company. He holds a BS in geography from the University of Minnesota.
As a senior energy auditor for CEE’s residential programs, Jason inspects homes to assess insulation levels, air tightness, and combustion appliances to identify ways that homeowners can make their homes safer and more energy efficient.
Jason started at CEE as an energy counselor in 2018. Before CEE, he worked as a bookseller, a construction worker, and a farmer. He has a BS in English education.
As a program manager on the program development team, Grace plays an integral part in the launch of new energy efficiency programs, including managing program development and operations post-launch.
Grace joined CEE in 2020. Prior to CEE, she worked on the solar team at Energy Trust of Oregon in Portland, OR, and as a fire protection engineer in Bozeman, MT. Grace has a BS in chemical engineering from Montana State University.
As an energy counselor, Kira works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money. Kira graduated from Luther College with a BA in English and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining CEE, she worked with the Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities.
As community program coordinator, Matthew engages and coordinates with city governments, community organizations, residents, and businesses to support the implementation of community energy projects.
Prior to this role, Matthew was an Energy Counselor at CEE, working directly with residents to help them understand how their home uses energy by identifying and installing low- and no-cost opportunities and measures to save both energy and money. He also led home energy visits with Spanish-speaking residents and built partnerships through outreach to better serve Latinx communities in Minnesota.
Matthew graduated from St. Olaf College with a BA in environmental studies and minors in Latin American studies and management.
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.