Staff

Jennifer Christensen joined the Great Plains Institute in May 2007 and is a Senior Associate, working primarily on communications. In this role, Jennifer provides editorial direction and guidance on GPI communications and develops original, engaging content to increase GPI's impact.

Jennifer has managed several projects and developed communications, publications, and other resources for GPI-led stakeholder initiatives at the state, regional, and national level. This includes the development of several publications with stakeholders that address statutory and regulatory policy for deploying energy technologies and infrastructure. 

Most recently, Jennifer was project manager for the e21 Initiative, which aims to develop a more customer-centric and sustainable framework for utility regulation in Minnesota. Other recent work includes staffing NEORI, a national coalition convened by GPI and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions that brings together leaders from industry, states and NGOs to support federal incentives for carbon capture. Previous work includes staffing the Midwestern Governors Association Energy & Jobs Initiatives, including work on carbon capture and storage, low carbon fuels, energy efficiency, and transmission.

Prior to joining the Institute, Jennifer worked for Xcel Energy in their Data Integrity and Mapping Department and conducted research for the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo with BA degrees in political science and geography. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and their two sons.