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.
Dr. Cecilia Martinez, Director of Research Programs
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.
Sarah Goodspeed, Policy Analyst
Sarah Goodspeed brings a range of experience in social and environmental policy to her work at CEED. Over the past decade she has worked with communities in California, Ecuador, and her home in Minnesota, supporting social and environmental justice movements and community development. She has professional experience in mainstream environmental nonprofits including Audubon Minnesota and Voyageurs National Park Association, work at multiple levels in the government sector with Hennepin County Environmental Services, the Chicano Latino Affairs Council, MN Secretary of State, and Congressman Keith Ellison, and serves on the board of Centro Campesino. She studied bioethics at Scripps College in Claremont, CA and at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy researching sustainable agriculture, energy, and community intersections.
Say Yang, 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 Social and Cultural Analysis. She is devoted to addressing barriers, making connection and inspiring change.
Marisol Becerra, Research Analyst
Marisol Becerra is an environmental justice scholar. Her lived experiences growing up with the environmental justice movement in Chicago motivate her research at the intersection of environmental policy, sociology, and public health. Her passion for community-based GIS (geographic information systems) stems from her engagement as a community mapper with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization where she co-created OurMap of Environmental Justice, an interactive google map generated by high school students with digital photos and videos highlighting the stories of community resident experiences living in close proximity to Chicago’s coal power plants and other industrial facilities. Marisol obtained a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from DePaul University where she minored in Community Service Studies and completed a Certification in Geographic Information Systems. She earned a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources and Environment at University of Michigan. While there, she wrote her thesis on brownfield redevelopment and gentrification in Chicago. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Environmental Social Science at the Ohio State University with a specialization in Environmental Sociology and Spatial Demography.
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.