In his role as contracts manager, Ryan is responsible for managing contract creation, execution, and analysis for purposes of maximizing financial and operational performance, and minimizing risk, for contracts made with customers, vendors, and project partners.
Prior to CEE, Ryan worked as in-house counsel and director of operations for a private nonprofit. Ryan attended William Mitchell College of Law and has been a practicing attorney since 2012.
As an energy counselor, Carl-Lars 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.
He began his environmental career helping build sustainability-related programming at Beloit College, and later served as a member of Minnesota GreenCorps.
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 18 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 auditor, Lydia 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.
Lydia joined CEE as an energy counselor in 2018. Prior to CEE, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, a farmer training nonprofit located in Lowell, MA. She has her BA from Macalester College, where she studied biology, community and global health, and Spanish.
Jamie uses her experience in program implementation, energy efficiency, and energy policy to build relationships and promote CEE’s mission and impact. Her outreach includes an ongoing series of legislative informational events about Minnesota's Conservation Improvement Programs (CIP) to highlight the importance of energy efficiency in local economies and as part of the clean energy transition. As manager of legislative policy, she works to protect Minnesota’s deep commitment to energy efficiency and also to create and advocate for smart energy policy with Minnesota legislators.
Jamie has been with CEE since 2002. A significant portion of her career is in design and implementation of utility energy efficiency programs. She became part of CEE’s policy team after graduating from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2015. Jamie holds a BA in architecture from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s of public policy, specializing in energy policy, from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Jamie also is on Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance board of directors.
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, Scott 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, Scott had an engineering internship at Palermo’s Pizza. He also served as a quartermaster at a summer camp in the Boundary Waters. Scott studied biological systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he also received a certificate in engineering for energy sustainability.
Victor joined CEE in 2019 as an energy counselor. In this role, he 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 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.
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.
Beth assists 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.
Working with staff throughout the organization, Tim co-manages CEE's main website, social media presence, brand consistency, and media relations. Attentive to diverse audiences, he helps adapt CEE's outreach methods and messages as needed to ensure the right information makes it to the right people. Nonprofit communications have long played a central role in Tim's career — prior to CEE, he spent 10 years as communications director at the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. He earned his BA in linguistics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tim is the first contact for media inquiries.
As the human resource generalist, Nikki is responsible for ensuring employee benefits and procedures are in compliance with established internal control procedures and regulations as well as overseeing CEE payroll and reporting.
Nikki has worked in the human resource field for over 10 years and has been with CEE since 2008.
In his role at CEE, Jim has worked extensively in administering, underwriting, and managing CEE’s home improvement financing programs in the residential, commercial, and nonprofit sectors. This includes working with Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce, and multiple municipalities throughout Minnesota to rehabilitate and promote energy efficiency to existing residential and commercial properties.
Jim joined CEE in 1994. He has a BS in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego.
Danielle manages the Energy Advisor Service, which helps Home Energy Squad and home energy audit customers implement recommendations from their home energy visit. The service connects customers to financing, cost-competitive insulation work, and utility rebates. Danielle ensures that CEE's messages and efforts to engage homeowners are clear, effective, and motivating.
Danielle started working at the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2009, before it merged with CEE in 2017. Danielle has a BA in environmental studies from the College of Saint Benedict and is a certified energy auditor from the Dunwoody Institute.