As director of policy and external affairs for CEE, Mike Bull is responsible for development, evaluation, and communication of effective clean energy regulatory and legislative policies. A strategic energy professional with over 25 years of experience shaping state and midwestern energy policies, Mike has held a number of legislative, regulatory, and policy positions in Minnesota state government, including senior policy advisor for energy and the environment for former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. He later held policy positions at Clean Grid Alliance (formerly Wind on the Wires), the midwestern regional partner for the American Wind Energy Association, and Xcel Energy, one of the nation’s largest combination electric and gas utilities.
Significant projects Mike has worked on since joining CEE include:
• Assisting Xcel Energy with developing a new Time of Use residential rate pilot
• Creating and co-directing a nation-leading utility business model project known as the Minnesota e21 Initiative
• Designing a net-zero carbon emission strategy for the Destination Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota
• Minneapolis Energy Pathways project, resulting in the formation of the Minneapolis Clean Energy Partnership, the first city–utility clean energy partnership in the nation between Minneapolis, Xcel Energy, and CenterPoint Energy
In addition to his work at CEE, he serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Clean Grid Alliance and was appointed by Governor Tim Walz to the Governor’s Council on Biofuels in November 2019.
Mike earned a JD, cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School, and a master’s of public policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
In Grant’s current role, he assists with CEE’s multifamily programs, working to make multifamily buildings of all sizes more efficient.
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 a scheduling assistant, Rita works with homeowners to schedule Home Energy Squad visits.
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 in CEE’s engagement and education department, Deirdre works with Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy, which combines community-based work with strategic energy planning. She is also a co-chair on CEE’s Green Team 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 program coordinator, Brittany is focused on supporting the development and implementation of new energy efficiency programs. She plays an integral role in the launch and coordination of new pilot programs for utility partners in Michigan.
Brittany joined CEE in 2021. Prior to CEE, Brittany worked as an environmental consultant in the Detroit area, primarily focused on managing environmental regulatory compliance and reporting requirements for a number of industrial manufacturers, including Tier 1 and 2 automotive suppliers. She supported the development of Spill Prevention, Controls, and Countermeasures plans and Storm Water Pollution Prevention plans, and is a Michigan Certified Industrial Stormwater Operator.
She holds a BS in energy and sustainable systems from University of Michigan–Flint.
As an 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.
In Phil’s current role, he 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 an 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 a Community Program Associate, Matthew works on a number of CEE's engagement and outreach activities, supporting and coordinating the planning and implementation of energy programs for utilities, city governments, and local communities.
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.
As the client relations manager, Julie works closely with the program development department to develop and enhance relationships with utilities in and outside of Minnesota. She develops business proposals, facilitates utility engagement and outreach activities, and coordinates CEE’s response to request for proposal opportunities.
Julie has over five years of community engagement experience, mostly in the conservation advocacy sector. She has a BA in political science from the University of Minnesota, Morris. In addition to her work at CEE, Julie has been a member of the steering committee for the Metro Clean Energy Resource Team since 2017.
As an energy auditor, Jakob 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.
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.
As a research analyst, Anirudh collects and analyzes data for various energy efficiency projects.
Prior to CEE, he worked as a design/permitting specialist for a solar company in South Carolina and also worked as an energy engineer (co-op level) in Boston specializing in energy modeling and LEED documentation for commercial buildings. He holds a master’s in sustainable energy systems from State University of New York with emphasis on building thermodynamics and solar designs.
As an energy auditor, Rob 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.
Prior to CEE, Rob received his bachelor's of technology in alternative and renewable energy systems from SUNY Canton. During that time, he also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, which sparked an interest in homeowner advocacy and residential construction. He later worked for Habitat for Humanity in Buffalo, NY, as an assistant site supervisor, and more recently as a residential energy efficiency technician for RISE Engineering in Rhode Island.
As an energy counselor, Suhaila 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, she worked as an environmental educator as well as a community outreach organizer with multiple nonprofit and government organizations that focused on creating environmentally aware communities through home visits, public presentations, and classes. As a political science and environmental science double major, she has always been interested in creating aware and concerned communities who are willing to take action toward helping the environment in ways that will not create economic burdens.