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Bret Pence

Bret Pence

Bret Pence, Greater MN Director, MNIPL.  Bret’s work focuses on supporting the lively volunteer network in Northern Minnesota, of which he has been a member since its inception in 2014. He is a resource for energy efficiency and solar project consultation, as he previously worked for the Duluth based non-profit Ecolibrium3 in the field of community energy.  Bret obtained a Master of Art in Management (MAM), with a focus on sustainability and organizational development, from the College of St. Scholastica in 2010, and a BA from Colorado State University before there was a public internet (it’s true!). In between, he was a guide in the Rocky Mountain West and worked for REI. When he is not tinkering with solar panels and trying to figure out how to pinch another watt or two, he tries to get outside as much as possible and has been compared to Sasquatch a few times in his life, hopefully only because of his love of the outdoors. Bret lives in a beautiful neighborhood in Duluth with his wife, Laura, two sons Colin and Davey, and a rather strange cat named Patters that is sometimes mistaken for a ferret.

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