Alex Dumont is originally from New Jersey and went to college at Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama. There he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Finance.
Before joining the Home Energy Squad, Alex was a shift supervisor at Starbucks and worked with environmental advocacy groups GASP; and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Alabama.
Amy is responsible for account payables and various other accounting tasks.
Amy initially received a degree in Social Work but her passion for creating balance just kept her coming back to accounting.
She has worked many years in the for-profit energy segment but decided to go where her heart led, so the flip to the nonprofit segment felt very natural.
As staff accountant, Amy role includes accounts payable and employee reimbursements.
Amy joined CEE in 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in social work but switched jobs to her true calling in the accounting field, where she has worked for over 15 years.
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, Aly 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.
Aly 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, Aly 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.
Aly 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.
John previously worked as an engineer in Demand Side Management with Xcel Energy, developing prescriptive savings methodologies and performing custom energy savings analysis primarily for Process Efficiency, Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration programs.
John Studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and he recently obtained EIT certification in pursuit of PE license.
As a senior 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.
Savannah previously worked at the Minnesota Historical Society, in the facilities department as a workspace design intern. They have worked a previous job at a paint store and various design projects throughout college. A degree in Interior Design along with a minor in Public Interest Design sparked her interest in creating sustainable, equitable communities.
Savannah 's bio
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 a community energy analyst, Michelle supports Xcel Energy’s Partners in Energy program by collecting, processing, and analyzing data to support city and municipality efforts in energy and climate planning and implementation, including plans designed to increase energy efficiency, grow renewable energy, and electrify buildings and transportation.
Prior to joining CEE in 2023, Michelle worked as a research scientist on a research team for an educational technology company where she utilized a variety of methods and data tools to analyze and report on the impact of the company’s products on the students who were using them. Michelle also serves on the Eden Prairie sustainability commission and volunteers with a number of west metro natural resource groups.
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.
Q Gagne (they/them), joins CEE's Market Transformation team as an Initiative Manager focused on lighting (LLLCs). With a decade of experience in the lighting industry and an expertise in controls, their career in lighting began with Lutron Electronics and a role in Commercial Specification Sales, where they learned how the market operated in the new era of LEDs. They then gained hands-on experience with implementing lighting controls in the built environment as a Systems Engineer for Signify (formerly Philips Lighting).
Q has a BS in Engineering Science from Smith College, where their passion for sustainability first met electric light in the built environment when providing tours of the campus' new, LEED gold engineering building, where no one knew how the lights could be turned off.
Monique "Q"'s bio
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.