As a part of the research team, Alex conducts research on emerging technologies in residential and commercial HVAC systems, with a focus on field instrumentation and data analysis.
Alex's recent research includes cold climate air source heat pump efficiency, rooftop unit optimization, tankless water heating efficiency, and commercial boilers. He has worked with CEE since 2010 and has a BS in biosystems and agricultural engineering from the University of Minnesota.
As the controller, Jeff is responsible for the directing and monitoring of accounting functions. He works with staff, program managers, clients, and customers to facilitate accurate and timely financial reports.
Jeff began his career as an auditor for a public accounting firm. He has worked for marketing agencies monitoring project costing and working closely with department and project managers. Immediately prior to joining CEE, Jeff worked for another Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization.
Jeff obtained his BS in accounting from St. Cloud State University and is a CPA Inactive.
As the business systems analyst for CEE's IT department, Sergio works in close liaison with the One-Stop Efficiency Shop to manage Salesforce for Commercial Programs.
He has a BA in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has been with CEE since 2016.
As a help desk technician, Mackenzie provides technical support and assistance to CEE staff.
Mackenzie joined CEE in 2019 as an energy counselor with the Home Energy Squad. Before CEE, they were a park operations intern at Whitewater State Park. Mackenzie received their bachelor's in environmental studies from St. Cloud State University.
Mike is a lighting consultant for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop business lighting retrofit program.
As a scheduling assistant for Home Energy Squad, Lisa assists residents with questions about the program and schedules them for home visits.
Lisa joined CEE in 2018, prior to which she worked as the lead event server at French Meadow in Uptown. Before that, she worked for Target Corporation. Lisa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in multidisciplinary studies with a focus in sustainable business and integrative health.
Kevin manages the day-to-day operation of the Home Energy Squad.
Kevin joined the Neighborhood Energy Connection in 2013, before it merged with CEE in 2017.
As a part of the engineering team, Thomas works on commissioning, recommissioning, and engineering studies, as well as continuous commissioning projects. The project scopes include review of construction documents, field monitoring data, data extraction and analysis, and finding energy conservation opportunities.
Thomas joined CEE in 2018 and is also a member of CEE’s staff council and Green Team. Prior to CEE, Thomas spent two and a half years at a design firm. During this time, Thomas collaborated with architects, electrical, civil, and structural engineers to design HVAC and plumbing systems for new construction projects and renovations. Thomas designed HVAC and plumbing systems for all types of buildings including K–12 schools, offices, city halls, and police departments.
Thomas holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University.
As a program analyst, Andy supports CEE’s program development team in creating innovative, energy-saving efficiency programs. He conducts business intelligence activities and secondary research on promising new energy efficiency technologies for the department and supports department projects as needed.
Prior to CEE, Andy pursued an interest in conservation by working as a research assistant for several ecological labs and field studies. He graduated from Carleton College in 2019, where he developed a passion for energy efficiency and renewable energy through his work in environmental activist student groups.
As a scheduling assistant for the Home Energy Squad program, Danielle helps people start the process of looking to make their homes more energy efficient.
Danielle joined CEE in 2017. Before CEE, Danielle worked at a teahouse and as an assistant at a fine art studio. She studied women studies and public health at St. Catherine University.
As a loan officer at CEE, DeShaun is responsible for processing home improvement financing applications for the Lending Center. This position provides core support to participants of the Lending Center.
Before CEE, DeShaun had various roles in lending and sales with companies such as Wells Fargo, Ideal Credit Union, and Employees First Credit Union. He is pursuing a BA in business from Metropolitan State University and received his AS in business from Minneapolis Community College. DeShaun also volunteers with Hennepin County Mentors for Success.
Jeffrey is a lighting consultant for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting program.
He has a bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and has been with CEE since 2013.
Katie oversees CEE’s work with cities and community groups in developing and implementing programs and policies to save energy. Her work centers on understanding local processes, engaging stakeholders, and leveraging building and community energy data to drive communities' energy efficiency priorities.
As a Certified Energy Manager, she brings an eye for data analysis and an understanding of building energy performance. In 2019, Katie assisted the Cities of Edina and St. Louis Park develop energy benchmarking policies and worked with the City of Minneapolis to develop, adopt, and implement a suite of energy disclosure policies.
Before joining CEE, Katie provided technical assistance for B3 Benchmarking at the Weidt Group and conducted statewide benchmarking outreach with the Clean Energy Resource Teams. She has a BS in environmental and natural resources engineering from Purdue University.
LeAnne joined the Neighborhood Energy Connection as a loan manager in 2004, before the organization merged with CEE in 2017. For nine years prior, she was the loan manager for another local nonprofit. She has 30 years’ experience helping lend tens of millions of dollars to Minnesota homeowners for home improvement projects.
Cindy serves as the main point of contact for the One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting and HVAC programs and the Xcel Energy Refrigeration program. She qualifies and assigns properties to the auditors and is responsible for ensuring that a job moves through the program as efficiently as possible.
Cindy started with CEE in 2008 working with the Sound Mitigation Program before she joined the One-Stop Lighting team as a project assistant in 2012.
As a lighting consultant at CEE, Charlie he has worked with over a thousand business owners throughout Minnesota, helping them realize cost savings through energy efficient lighting upgrades and other efficiency measures.
As an energy counselor, Cody 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.
Cody joined CEE in 2018 with a background in electrical maintenance. He also has experience as a personal care assistant. Cody is a graduate of Metropolitan State University.
As a certified administrative assistant, Pam has over 15 years of professional experience as a coordinator, organizer, and assistant. She has been with CEE since 2009 and has worked with the engineering team as well as the administrative team that supports the entire organization.
As an energy auditor, Madeline 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, Madeline worked performing energy audits for Green Iowa AmeriCorps.
As a sales support specialist with the One-Stop Efficiency Shop lighting department, Drew works with contractors to create proposals and invoices for small to midsize businesses that are interested in upgrading their lighting.
Before CEE, Drew worked as an order picker for Staples, where he fulfilled online orders for regional businesses. Drew attended college at Bemidji State University where he obtained a BS in environmental studies. Certifications NALMCO-certified Appentice Lighitng Technician