Annie Levenson-Falk
Executive Director

651-300-4701, ext. 1

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.

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 in rural Cannon Falls with her husband and two children.

Carmen Carruthers
Outreach Director

651-300-4701, ext. 2

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 a 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 the 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 is a member of the Metro Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS) Steering Committee.

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.

Brian Edstrom
Senior Regulatory Advocate

651-300-4701, ext. 6

Brian joined the Citizens Utility Board in May 2020 as the organization’s senior regulatory advocate.  Prior to joining CUB, Brian practiced law with boutique business law firm, Avisen Legal, P.A. in Minneapolis, where he advised small business owners on a variety of general business and regulatory matters. Brian’s work experience prior to entering private practice includes enforcing Minnesota’s securities regulations as Director of Securities at the Minnesota Department of Commerce and investigating Wall Street banks as an attorney-analyst working with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch in Washington D.C.  

Brian’s combination of public sector and private sector experience allows him to bring to CUB the balanced perspective of someone who has both enforced consumer protection regulations and advised clients on how to comply with them.  

Brian earned a bachelor’s degree in English (and feels a special kinship with all other English majors out there) from Colorado College and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in South Minneapolis with his wife, two children, and unruly golden-doodle, Poppy.
Hannah Hoeger
Outreach and Communications Manager

651-300-4701, ext. 4

Hannah joined the Citizens Utility Board in September 2019 as the organization’s outreach and communications manager. Before coming to CUB, Hannah worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources within their Outreach and Communications Division, where she provided answers to stakeholders on various DNR programs. Hannah also served as the Communications Intern for the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. She helped BWSR launch its new website by developing creative content and making sure accessibility requirements were met.

Hannah’s outreach experience started with urban gardening and topics of food security. She has led community outreach efforts at Frogtown Farm, Hamline Methodist Church, and Plantón Móvil. Hannah focuses on sustainability from a regenerative and restorative lens and believes in working with neighbors.

Hannah received her bachelor’s degree from Hamline University with a double major in Environmental Studies and Global Studies. She currently lives in Midway, Saint Paul.

Akia Vang
Outreach Intern

651-300-4701, ext. 8

Akia joined the Citizens Utility Board in May 2022 as an outreach intern. He recently finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management. He will be returning to back to campus this fall as an incoming student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in the Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy program.

He most recently was a Capitol Pathways intern with Fresh Energy monitoring the state legislature and energy bills. Prior to that, he had experience in water resources and the environment at the state and local government. He looks forward to his time at CUB working at the nexus of climate, energy, and environment to make a meaningful impact.
Austin Northagen
Legal Intern

651-300-4701, ext. 5

Austin joined the Citizens Utility Board in May 2022 as a legal intern. He will be conducting legal research and writing to support CUB’s participation in Minnesota Public Utilities Commission Dockets and in ongoing rate cases.

Austin is a rising 3L at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he is a board member of the Journal of Law and Public Policy and president of the school’s Environmental Law Society. Prior to joining CUB, Austin worked in renewable energy construction and development. Austin holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is dedicated to advocating for equitable and practical solutions in the energy sector.
Brandon Crawford
Regulatory Advocate

651-300-4701, ext. 7

Brandon joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in June 2021 as a summer legal intern and has since joined CUB full-time as a regulatory advocate. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in May 2022 with a concentration in Environmental and Energy Law. While in law school, Brandon helped draft updated editions of energy and public resource legal textbooks.

Brandon holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Political Science from Creighton University, where he researched the adoption of renewable energy policies by state governments. He is committed to representing the interests of Minnesotans and seeks to advocate for equitable energy solutions on their behalf.

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