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 legislative policy associate, Alyssa Eilers assists with analyzing, advocating, developing, and communicating CEE’s policy positions in policy arenas in the Minnesota Legislature that shape Minnesota’s energy framework.
Alyssa joined CEE’s policy team after working in the Minnesota State Senate for nearly 10 years as a legislative assistant, committee administrator, and most recently, as a caucus researcher for the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee, the Environment Finance Committee, and the Environment Policy and Legacy Finance Committee. While working on the Energy Committee, Alyssa worked on important energy-related policies such as the Minnesota Efficient Technology Accelerator, the Energy Conservation Optimization Act, utility host community transitions, and the Natural Gas Innovation Act.
Alyssa graduated from Bemidji State University with a degree in Political Science, International Studies and Pre-Law.
As Legal Counsel, Ryan is responsible for the legal affairs of the organization, from risk assessment and compliance to contract drafting, execution, and management. He assesses and identifies potential risk that could impact all aspects of the organization, and works to develop, recommend, and implement risk mitigating controls and cost-effective approaches to minimize the organization's risk. He facilitates and oversees contract management best practices and processes that support CEE's operational needs, as well as ensure contracts are in line with CEE's nonprofit mission and goals.
Ryan works in collaboration with leadership and management to address and advise on any legal matter that may arise.
Ryan joined CEE in 2017. Prior to CEE, he worked as in-house counsel and director of operations for a private nonprofit. Ryan attended William Mitchell College of Law and has been a licensed attorney since 2012.
As an energy analyst for the program development team, Chidinma compiles, processes, and analyzes data relating to residential energy efficiency technologies and system performance.
Prior to joining CEE in 2021, Chidinma worked for the Maryland Energy Administration supporting incentive programs for a variety of clean energy technologies, including residential solar, electric vehicle car chargers, and energy storage.
Chidinma holds a BA in applied mathematics and statistics from Macalester College in Saint Paul.
As scheduling assistant, Kiyya is responsible for scheduling program activities and providing administrative support to the Customer Engagement Team within the Residential department. She has worked within administration since starting college in 2015. All 4 years she was working under 3 campus offices using Office, Outlook and even managing some website pages.
She has also worked in various hospitals as front desk on and off while volunteering in various corporations and within the hospital. Before working at CEE she worked at Ideal Image as a Sales Representative. She graduated from Augsburg University with her Bachelors in Psychology and Minor in Religion in 2019.
Erik provides training to building operations and management staff in both the public and private sector to improve building operations and maintenance, increase occupant comfort, and reduce energy consumption. Erik is also involved in sales and client relations for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop small business lighting program.
Erik has worked with CEE since 2001. He has over 20 years' experience working in multifamily and commercial buildings. He has performed assessments on over 3,100 buildings, including lighting and lighting controls in the multifamily and small business sectors to evaluate indoor air quality, moisture intrusion, building operations and maintenance, building controls, commissioning, and retro-commissioning options.
In addition to his work at CEE, Erik serves on the board of directors of NALMCO, the International Association of Lighting Management Companies.
As an energy counselor, Tenley 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.
Before joining CEE, Tenley worked with animals and volunteered for the Conservation Corps. They are also a classically trained opera singer. Tenley studied writing and environmental policy at Marist College in New York.
As an energy auditor, Matthew works directly with homeowners to help them understand how their home uses energy by presenting findings such as insulation levels, infrared scans, air tightness, and mechanical efficiencies.
Prior to CEE, Matthew worked at a local engineering firm where he sampled and processed contaminated soil, groundwater, and vapors for remediation analysis. Matthew also served an AmeriCorps term with Conservation Corps, where he partnered with Mississippi Park Connection in natural resource management such as prairie restoration and maintaining climate study plots.
Matthew has a degree in geological engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
Jackie works in CEE's Lending Center assisting with loan services.
She has a long career in the lending industry and is familiar with the many stages of residential lending.
As an energy auditor for CEE's residential programs, Victor 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, Victor got his BS in geology from the University of Minnesota, Morris. He also spent a few years gaining customer service experience in the retail sector.
As director of commercial programs, Kristen oversees CEE’s commercial building programs to ensure they meet annual energy savings goals and provide participating businesses the tools needed to implement efficiency upgrades. These programs provide lighting, HVAC and refrigeration assessments, services, and rebates to small and midsize commercial customers in Minnesota Xcel Energy service territory.
Kristen joined Center for Energy and Environment in 1996 and has worked extensively with public policy and technical programs. Kristen has a BA in international studies from St. Norbert College and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.
As program development manager, beneficial electrification on the market transformation team, Molly oversees the Midwest Air Source Heat Pump Collaborative and assists with business development to expand and launch new programs.
Prior to joining CEE, Molly was a program manager, market transformation at Resource Innovations, where she administered the North American Gas Heat Pump Collaborative. In other recent roles, she oversaw long-term strategy and strategic communications for market development and commercialization as market development program manager at GTI, and spent three years at the Edison Electric Institute, as manager, state policy analysis in regulatory affairs.
She holds an MS in energy policy and climate from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in natural resource conservation from the University of Montana. Most recently, Molly completed an executive program for social innovation and design through the University of Pennsylvania.
Molly has called many places home and currently resides in Baltimore, MD.
As a program development manager, Renee plays an integral part in the launch of new energy efficiency programs, including managing program development and operations post-launch.
In her role as a research analyst, Lindsay provides data collection and analysis for CEE’s various energy efficiency research projects. She is currently focusing on analyzing energy efficiency in retrofit homes and in HVAC systems.
Lindsay is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she obtained her bachelor’s in physics with a minor in mathematics. While in school, she helped gain local support to pass legislation on the Solar Access Act of 2019.
As an account manager, Peter plays an integral role in the launch of an energy efficiency program designed to accelerate adoption of air source heat pumps through supply chain engagement and project management. He collaborates with HVAC installation contractors, distributors, manufacturers, and utilities on new ways to increase adoption of energy efficient technologies — and air source heat pumps, specifically.
Peter has been with CEE since 2020, and he has worked in the energy conservation field since 2012. Prior to joining CEE, he worked for an energy management consulting firm and HVAC controls company. He holds a master’s of applied science degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver and also serves as the president of the Association of Energy Engineers Twin Cities Chapter’s board of directors.
As an energy auditor, Joey 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.
Joey is also a Home Energy Squad senior crew leader, and he especially likes helping customers connect to the knowledge and resources so they can maximize their returns on more extensive energy improvement projects.
Joey started working for the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2014, before it merged with CEE in 2017. He spent the previous 15 years living and working at a small private boarding school in rural Iowa as an art teacher and facilities director.
As the staff accountant, Beth is responsible for a variety of accounting tasks including account reconciliations, client invoicing, and loan certifications. Beth has been with CEE since 2010, and has worked on a variety of CEE's programs including the Home Energy Squad and the Airport Noise Mitigation Program that CEE administers for the Metropolitan Airport Commission.
As the director of human resources, Cindy is responsible for developing and implementing human resources functions that drive results, increase employee engagement, and improve CEE’s ability to deliver on its mission. She has worked in human resources in Minnesota nonprofits for more than 20 years — choosing to use her time and talent in organizations with a mission for the greater good — within higher education, healthcare, affordable housing, and now effective energy solutions.
Cindy joined CEE in 2020. She is a graduate of Augsburg University in business administration and MIS and is a recent graduate of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
As the chief operating officer, Stephanie Haddad is responsible for operations at CEE.
Prior to this role, Haddad 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 oversaw 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 chairs YouthCARE's board of directors. She earned her BA in history at Dartmouth College, and her MPP with a focus on race and discrimination policy at the Humphrey School.
Mark has been with CEE since 1987 and is currently the director of engineering. The engineering group at CEE focuses on existing building commissioning which improves energy efficiency in commercial and institutional buildings. The engineering team achieves results where others have failed by examining the building as a complete system and finding the root cause of the energy waste. Mark has extensive experience in building system operation, optimization, and diagnosis. He has performed multiple existing building commissioning studies that have resulted in reduced energy costs, greater occupant comfort, and improved ventilation. He has performed extensive hands-on measurements of HVAC systems and verification of accuracy of building automation points and submetering of individual systems.
In addition to his role as engineering lead, Mark has been involved in a broad range of field research for gas and electric end uses. This research spans from gas and electric cooling, commercial and residential gas space heating and water heating, commercial cooking, industrial process consumption, and, recently, the optimization of existing rooftop air handlers. His projects have involved the use of data logging systems and building automation systems to collect and document the performance of energy consuming equipment. He has experience with optimization of control systems for building systems and implementation of improved controls for upgrades of building ventilation systems per ASHRAE standards.
Mark holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota.