Fresh Energy is working hard to speed Minnesota’s transition to a clean energy economy, pulling the highest levers possible to make this happen. In addition to maintaining our vital focus on renewable electricity, energy efficiency, super-efficient buildings, and other core program areas, we are strategically expanding our work to:
- Power more of our economy with clean electricity.
- Ensure that everyone can reap the benefits of clean energy through our new Energy Access and Equity program.
- Increase public engagement on effective global warming solutions at the scale of the problem.
To power these growing initiatives, we recently expanded the Fresh Energy team with three new staff members.
Find out more about the new additions to the Fresh Energy team—
Senior Policy Associate, Energy Markets
As a senior policy associate on the Energy Markets team, Margaret leads Fresh Energy’s strategic imperative to electrify fossil fuel-dependent sectors of the economy, coordinating with other staff to track innovations in electrification technology and advance policies to promote strategic electrification. She is an expert in natural gas, electrical, and water infrastructure systems. Before joining Fresh Energy, Margaret was a senior policy associate at the Institute for Sustainable Energy where she developed and launched the ‘Carbon Free Boston’ initiative to inform the City of Boston’s effort to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Margaret’s other experience includes serving as a policy and technical consultant for the Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), a graduate fellow with the Environmental Protection Agency, a graduate research assistant for the Barr Foundation, and an internship with the Conservation Law Foundation. Margaret holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University, a Master of Science in Organismal Biology and Ecology from the University of Montana, and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Reed College. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, and canoeing.
Policy Associate, Energy Access and Equity
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.
Global Warming Solutions Coordinator
As the Global Warming Solutions Coordinator, Anna Johnson supports Fresh Energy’s work to help Minnesota transition away from fossil fuels by elevating the program as a key education tool, specifically through engaging people at events and helping connect them to opportunities to participate in the clean energy transition. Before joining Fresh Energy, Anna co-founded an environmental education nonprofit, worked at the Minnesota House of Representatives, was a Research Assistant with the Minnesota Prison Doula Project, and interned at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She has a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College. Anna is an avid outdoor enthusiast. She canoed the full length of the Mississippi River in 2013 and paddled from Chicago to St. Louis on the Illinois River in 2014.