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Ben began working at the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in July of 2017 as the Program Coordinator bringing a background in both energy policy research and outreach to CUB. After graduating from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2016 with a degree in economics, Ben jumped straight into the world of energy. His experience in this arena includes time as a policy fellow with Fresh Energy where he spent time working on rate cases for electric utilities as well as researching the economic and environmental impacts of energy efficiency programs across the state of Minnesota. Ben has also spent time as a program associate with Windustry in Minneapolis.
Ben also has outreach experience after spending a year as an intern with Northforce in Duluth, MN where he focused on economic development projects. Within this capacity, he worked to assist job seekers to find new opportunities as well as working to attract new businesses to the region. He is excited to continue building on this background at CUB while assisting consumers with energy and money saving options as well as working on energy policy. Ben currently resides in Minneapolis and enjoys attending concerts, golfing, and fishing.
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Carmen joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in November 2016 as the organization’s Outreach Director. Carmen comes to CUB with a great deal of outreach experience in both professional and volunteer roles. She has passion for helping people and providing information so consumers can make good decisions. Carmen most recently worked for Thrivent Financial as a financial associate. Carmen lived in Switzerland for five years and during that time was active in outreach related volunteer work and also worked as a substitute teacher at The American School of Switzerland (TASIS).
The majority of her career has been spent in the urban planning field, including six years at city of Naperville in Illinois. While at Naperville she managed land use and transportation projects that required significant outreach to residents, businesses, community leaders, elected officials, and other government agencies. Carmen recently finished serving as a Plan Commissioner for the City of Minnetonka Beach and is the Art Adventure Coordinator for the Orono Parent Teacher Organization.
Carmen received a bachelor’s degree in Local and Urban Affairs from St. Cloud State University and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. She lives in the western metro with her children.
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Ana Diaz started work as the Citizens Utility Board’s Outreach Intern in the summer of 2018. She is a recent graduate of Macalester College with a major in Political Science. Ana’s interest in energy issues started when she conducted research with an Environmental Studies professor on the psychology of energy consumption. Following that experience, she applied her interest in energy to the nonprofit world by working as an engagement fellow at Fresh Energy. Her time there gave her the opportunity to work with Midwest Energy News and implement the 40 Under 40 list to recognize young professionals in energy.
On campus, Ana was dedicated to student programming. Her work as the social justice officer in the sustainability office lead her, and two other peers, to develop the first inter school network for student-driven work in campus sustainability. She then went on to spend her senior year as the chair of the political science honors society. As chair, she got to support students in getting the most out of their area of study.
Ana hopes to find a full-time position in the non-profit sector as she transitions out of college life. When at home, she likes to play video games online with her brothers and listen to podcasts.
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In 2016, Annie was named the first executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota. She joined CUB after serving as the executive director of the Legislative Energy Commission, a nonpartisan office of the Minnesota House and Senate. In her role, Annie staffed the bipartisan commission of 20 legislators charged with evaluating the environmental and economic impacts of state energy policy. Previously, Annie was the Senior Policy Manager of the Citizens League, a citizen-based public policy nonprofit.
Annie co-founded the Capitol Pathways Internship Program, which places students of color and Native American students in legislative internships, so that Minnesota government better represents the state’s diversity. She was also the founding board chair of NAVIGATE, a nonprofit organization created by and for immigrant students seeking higher education, leadership development, and policy change.
Annie received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Haverford College in Pennsylvania. She lives outside Cannon Falls.
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Joseph joined CUB in September of 2018. Before joining CUB, Joseph served as Director of Low-Income and Residential Services at the Colorado Energy Office in the Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper. In his role, he oversaw regulatory and governmental affairs, policy development and implementation, program administration and initiative launch related to energy efficiency and renewable energy. Joseph led the office’s efforts related to creating access pathways for all Coloradans to access renewable energy and ensure their homes are efficient and comfortable. He served as a Governor appointed commissioner to the Colorado Commission on Low-Income Energy Assistance. He also served on the executive board of the National Association for State Community Service Programs. Currently, he serves on the U.S. State Department’s Clean Energy Finance Task Force working to assist the Indian government in meeting its renewable energy goals.
Joseph received his bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and conducted his graduate work at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware. He has also obtained regulatory-focused education at the Institute of Public Utilities at Michigan State University. Joseph resides in St. Paul and enjoys being outdoors with his family.