Shalini Gupta, Executive Director
Shalini Gupta has worked at numerous local, regional and national organizations on state/regional regulatory and legislative policy analysis and advocacy related to renewable energy and climate change issues. Her work has ranged from developing community-scale energy projects to international work in Kiel, Germany, and at Argonne National Laboratories where she analyzed sources of atmospheric organic pollutants from urban and industrial sites in China. Shalini was a 2006 National Environmental Leadership Fellow and a 2008 Archibald Bush Leadership Fellow. She also served on the technical working group of the Minnesota Climate Change Advisory Group, was a Governor appointee to Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Board, and is a current appointee to the Minneapolis Environmental Advisory Commission. She conducts environmental and energy justice workshops with numerous grassroots groups, and served on the Board of Directors of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice. Ms. Gupta holds a B.S. in the geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a Masters degree in environmental management from Yale University.
Sammie Ardito Rivera, Climate Justice Organizer
Deb Feeny, Director of Finance
Deb Feeny has a wide range of accounting, finance, leadership, support services, and administrative expertise. She earned her C.P.A. license after graduating from St. Cloud State University and has worked in public accounting/audit and numerous corporate managerial positions. After being the owner of a bookstore and teaching as an adjunct professor, Deb returned to accounting/finance and for the past 15 years has concentrated on supporting nonprofits with critical missions; including the nonprofits AMICUS (inmates and ex-offender support), HearthConnection (homelessness), Living Justice Press (social justice book publisher), and the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.
Rachel Grewell, Research Assistant
Rachel Grewell has worked with a wide range of community and academic partnerships working on food and environmental justice issues. She has worked with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships on their Value Added Local Food Processing project, and has experience with passing bills in the state legislature to protect children from toxic chemical exposure in consumer products and food packaging. She is also a PhD student studying food and environmental justice movements in the Sociology department at the U of M.
Dr. Kristen Hughes, Policy Fellow
Dr. Kristen Hughes worked at the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware where she held a fixed term faculty position. She also previously worked at the White House and held a government position in her home state of Texas. Dr. Hughes’ work at CEED is to continue to advance urban-based energy policy and practices through high quality research. Dr. Hughes’ research examines best practices in energy and climate policy particularly focusing on development of new local-scale utility structures, and linking energy and economic development. She has published a number of articles in the field including “Energizing Cities” in the 2007 Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World: Our Urban Future, which she collaborated on with Janet Sawin. Her research has also appeared in premier publications such as Energy Policy, the Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Renewable Energy World, Advances in Solar Energy: An Annual Review of Research and Development, and Urban Energy Transition. She recently was an invited contributor to the National Science Foundation’s Workshop on Clean Energy Education, to devise recommendations for federal action on energy literacy and workforce development. She earned her Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy at the University of Delaware, and her B.S. and M.A. degrees in Communications and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.