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, 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.

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 Coordinator. 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 their 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 Solna, Sweden.

Eva Chen
Communications and Outreach Intern

651-300-4701, ext. 5

Eva joined the Citizens Utility Board of Minnesota in September 2020 as the Communications and Outreach Intern. Prior to coming to CUB, she has worked as a researcher for the Hennepin-University Partnership, where she analyzed the effectiveness of collaborations between county government and nearby universities on surrounding communities and constituents. She also conducted academic research at the University of Minnesota on projects covering minority representation in the legislature, public opinion, and political behavior.
Eva has also engaged in community outreach through various student organizations, including cultural and advocacy groups. Through meeting directly with community members and planning informative events, Eva works to find effective and tangible ways to advocate on behalf of communities within public policy as well as information access.

Eva is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, receiving a bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Global Studies.

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