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Staff


Say Yang (Ntxhais Yaj), Program Coordinator

Say Yang has a background in community outreach and administrative coordination related to community and economic development that contributes to her role as Program Coordinator at CEED. She has worked with residents, neighborhood organizations, and government agencies supporting community development and civic participation in the Twin Cities. Her professional experiences include serving the Hennepin County Community Works programs and she was a past community advisory board member of KFAI, an independent radio station in Minneapolis. Say studied Community Development at Minneapolis Community & Technical College and a current student at Metropolitan State University in the Individualized Degree Program focusing on Urban Studies. She is devoted to addressing barriers, making connections, and inspiring change.

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Ansha Zaman, Policy Coordinator

Ansha Zaman is the Policy Coordinator for Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy (CEED). She works on developing training and resource hubs for communities and community organizers to help them stay informed about their energy systems and advance their fight for more equitable policy frameworks. Her research work at CEED includes building community energy models that center the decision-making agency of the most energy burdened communities. Ansha has an MS in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Michigan and a BS in Environmental Engineering from Smith College. In her free time, she likes to read, write, swim, listen to podcasts, and practice baking.

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Helen Powell-Busch, Operations Director

Helen Powell-Busch is the Operations Director for CEED. She manages the Finances and Human Resources for the organization. She has 20+ years of experience with non-profit management in Asheville NC. Most of her career has been focused on protecting her greatest love: nature. She was on staff at two regional environmental conservation organizations, as Associate Director with Dogwood Alliance for 17 years and then as Accounting Manager with the Western North Carolina AIDS Project. She holds a certificate in Executive Nonprofit Leadership from Duke University. Her great passion is traveling the world and when home, hiking and riding her motorcycle on the Blue Ridge Parkway. 

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Anahi Naranjo, Equitable and Just Climate Forum Coordinator

Anahi Naranjo is an environmental justice advocate and oral historian from Quito, Ecuador. Uprooted from Ecuador to New York City in 2002, she began to see the social and environmental inequalities her communities faced, prompting her to pursue a career in environmental advocacy. Anahi is interested in exploring how narratives can empower communities to become agents of change and highlight their connection to the natural world. She has experience working with environmental and community organizations in the fields of outdoor inclusion, community empowerment, and communications, and she’s a Latino Outdoors volunteer leader. Anahi holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and is an Oral History Master of Arts candidate at Columbia University. Her thesis the Pachamama Oral History Project aims to document the impacts of climate change on the physical and cultural landscapes of Andean communities.

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Marinella Taoushiani, Development Manager

Marinella specializes in fundraising, business development and strategic partnerships. She earned a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Critical Global Issues from Brandeis University and has worked with an array of grassroots, national, and international organizations that focus on issues revolved around human rights, refugee rights and environmental justice. Marinella is an avid traveler and loves to be immersed in new cultures and experiences, she has traveled to over twenty countries and has lived and worked on four continents.

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