Janiece Watts

Policy Associate, Energy Access and Equity

651 294 7146
watts@fresh-energy.org

As a policy associate, Janiece plays a key role in Fresh Energy’s Energy Access and Equity program that is working to advance equitable outcomes across Minnesota’s energy system. Her current projects include the Saint Paul Tenant-Landlord Energy Project, a unique, joint partnership with Community Stabilization Project, and collaborative work with environmental justice groups to improve air quality and reduce demand for oil through electrification of transportation. Before joining Fresh Energy, Janiece worked as a community engagement manager for Eureka Recycling where she developed strategies and materials to educate and engage community members on zero waste and environmental justice. She previously worked as an environmental justice organizer to effectively reach the greater community of North Minneapolis and the Twin Cities on issues of environmental justice through outreach, events, community meetings, and political action. Janiece also served as an administrative assistant for Environmental Initiative, community organizer for Grassroots Solutions, and data analyst for the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council. She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Political Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota. Janiece is a board member of Headwaters Foundation for Justice. She loves food—from growing it in her garden to cooking—and even stocking produce at the Mississippi Market Co-op.