Staff

Staff

 

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Carmen Carruthers
Outreach Director

651-300-4701, ext. 2
carmenc@cubminnesota.org

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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Annie Levenson-Falk
Executive Director

651-300-4701, ext. 1
annielf@cubminnesota.org

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.

Inonge Mubita
Outreach Intern

651-300-4701, ext. 4
inongem@cubminnesota.org

Inonge Mubita joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in June 2019 as an Outreach intern. Before working at CUB Inonge was part of the 2018 Capitol Pathways cohort where she met CUB’s Executive Director, Annie Levenson-Falk, and began to explore her interest in renewable energy. During her Capitol Pathways fellowship, Inonge was able to gain valuable experience and knowledge as a policy fellow with Fresh Energy. At Fresh Energy she spent time assisting the Government Affairs specialist on securing and advancing clean energy policies. The work also involved collaborating with policy makers to communicate environmental and economic benefits of clean energy at the Legislature.

In relation to energy policy, Inonge is committed to equity and justice. During her time at Macalester, she worked as a program assistant at the Department of Multicultural Life where she created and facilitated dialogue series and lecture events aimed at fostering a culture of diversity and justice. Inonge is enthusiastic to bring her passion for equity and renewable energy in her position while providing consumers with money saving options and the necessary knowledge on their energy bills and energy policies.

Inonge is currently a senior at Macalester College with a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She lives in St. Paul and enjoys exploring the Twin Cities dance and art scene.

Joseph Pereira
Regulatory Director

651-300-4701, ext. 6
josephp@cubminnesota.org

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.

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