Staff

Brendan joined the Great Plains Institute in 2004 and is a Vice President. He has ten years of experience leading initiatives to promote deployment of clean energy technology. He works across subject areas, including bioenergy, low carbon fuels, transportation, energy infrastructure, and sustainable communities. Brendan is an experienced facilitator, energy researcher, policy analyst, project manager, communicator, and advocate. He serves as lead staff for the Bioeconomy Coalition of Minnesota, an industry-led partnership working to commercialize biobased chemical and advanced biofuel technology in Minnesota. He has served for 6 years in a lead facilitation role for advisory groups to the Midwestern Governors Association focused on fuels and transportation, and is currently working with MGA on alternative fuel refueling infrastructure. He is part of the GreenStep Cities team at GPI, and is working on transportation and land use best practices. He also is part of a team collaborating with Argonne National Laboratories on life cycle accounting methodology for biofuels. He works nationally and regionally on policy to support deployment of low carbon fuels and renewable chemicals. Brendan is part of GPI's infrastructure team, and helps support the Institute's  work on transmission and the electricity grid. Brendan has a Masters of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, and a undergraduate degree in biology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Originally from Eau Claire, WI, Brendan lives in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters.