Anna Dirkswager joined the Great Plains Institute (GPI) in 2017 as a Program Manager overseeing work on industrial energy efficiency efforts and playing a key role in the advancement of biomass and carbon capture and storage programs.  In this capacity, Dirkswager works with industry stakeholders, policy-makers and project developers to improve economic and regulatory opportunities for both energy efficiency (for large industrial and commercial customers) and carbon capture projects.

Prior to joining GPI, Dirkswager worked at Clean Energy Economy Minnesota (CEEM) as the Manager of Business Development and Programming and focused her time on working with businesses to develop and advance market opportunities for Minnesota’s clean energy businesses.  Before working with CEEM, Dirkswager worked at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Forestry as the Biomass and Renewable Energy Consultant.  During that time, Dirkswager spent 7 years leading division and department efforts related to forest economic development opportunities, renewable energy policy advancement and its relationship to forest resources, and biomass resource assessment and program development.  Prior to the DNR, Dirkswager worked at 3M as a Technical Aide working on cellulosic ethanol commercialization.

Dirkswager holds a BA in Environmental Biology from Saint Mary’s University (Winona, MN) and an MS in Natural Resource Science Management from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities).  Dirkswager lives in Andover, MN and enjoys time outside with her husband, two young daughters and dog, Fish.