Board of Directors


The guiding force behind GPI

From business leaders to distinguished academics, GPI’s board of directors is a dedicated group of seasoned professionals with a wide range of interests and backgrounds who are responsible for guiding GPI’s mission and strategy, and helping secure the relationships and resources necessary to achieve both.
Kate Coward

Kate Coward

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    Kate Coward has served as director, Global Manufacturing Finance for Minnesota-based Polaris industries since 2013. In that time, she has worked on greenfield start-up manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Europe, foreign subsidiary entity accounting operations, and problem solving cost effective ways to optimize complex plan operations to keep pace with market demands.

    Before joining Polaris, Kate worked for ten years in a series of finance positions at General Electric (GE) across many industries in the North America, Asia, and Europe. Her GE work included stints at GE Plastics, GE Corporate, GE Money Bank Japan, GE Power and Water, GE Energy, and GE Oil and Gas working in a broad scope of roles including accounting, audit, banking, restructuring, ERP implementations, acquisition integrations, portfolio sales, commercial sales finance, and tax. She received her B.A. from Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island in 2002.

Larry Goode

Larry Goode

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    Larry Goode is founder and president of Goode Advisors, Inc., which provides strategic consulting resources focusing on small businesses and their owners. Goode’s career represents more than 30 years of success in sales, sales management, marketing, business management, and international sourcing and operations. Before founding Goode Advisors, he served for 20 years as CEO and owner of RT/Dygert International, which he expanded from a single location, $1MM local distributor operation with six employees, into one of the largest, most respected seal distributors in the country, with locations in Minneapolis, Chicago, Seattle and Shanghai, China.

    Larry’s outside activities include: Partner in Twin Cities Angels Fund II, LLC; Treasurer of Kings Port Club Cooperative Association; Treasurer of Orange Lake Country Club Vacation Condo Home Owner Association; and Co-founder and Member of Entrepreneur’s Collaborative MN.

Jessica Hellmann

Jessica Hellmann

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    Jessica Hellmann is the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, an internationally recognized organization working to solve grand environmental challenges, while promoting interdisciplinary research, teaching, and leadership across the university and engaging external partners and stakeholders.

    Hellmann’s research focuses on global change ecology and climate adaptation. She regularly counsels state and national governments on habitat management, restoration and endangered species conservation. In addition, building upon her seminal findings in ecology, Hellmann has extended her work on climate change adaptation to human systems, including health, infrastructure, food and water. She works with governments and corporations to build investment in climate change adaptation and co-authored several climate assessment and adaptation planning efforts.

Douglas Jaeger

Douglas Jaeger

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    Douglas Jaeger is president and CEO of Ulteig Engineers which provides engineering and technical services to the power, renewable energy, oil and gas, transportation, and water sectors. Prior to this role, Jaeger served as principal of AMP Advisors, CEO of Adolfson & Peterson Inc. (A&P), and held leadership positions in marketing, sales, operations, and business development with Xcel Energy, Exelon Corporation, and Honeywell, Inc.

    Jaeger serves on the board of advisors for Computype, Inc. in St. Paul and the board of directors for CE Power Solutions in Cincinnati. He is also serving or has served on numerous non-profit boards including Minnesota Independent Schools Forum, Prodeo Academy, Minneapolis Children’s Theatre Company, and the Northern Star Council of Boy Scouts of America. In 2010, Twin Cities Business Magazine selected Doug as one of the “200 Minnesotans You Should Know” Honorees. In 2006, he was chosen as one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” honorees for his achievements and dedication to the community.

Satish Jayaram

Satish Jayaram

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    Satish Jayaram leads Cummins Energy Ventures, a group which he formed in 2014 with a mandate to invest in distributed generation businesses and technologies. In this role, Jayaram and his team are responsible for sourcing, negotiating, incubating and managing investments and alliances in support of the power generation business strategy. He spends a great deal of time thinking and working with a broad set of industry stakeholders about market trends, policies, innovation in the energy markets and the resulting implications for the industry and Cummins.

    Joining Cummins in 2004 in a technology leadership role, he has also held general management positions for Cummins Generator Technologies; led the Pan-Africa power generation business unit and; managed several business transformation initiatives globally for the company. Prior to joining Cummins, Satish tried his hand at entrepreneurship and formed a boutique consulting firm.

Will Kaul

Will Kaul, Vice Chair

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    Will Kaul is Great River Energy’s vice president for transmission. He has been employed by Great River Energy or its predecessor companies for more than 33 years.

    Kaul is a founder of CapX2020 and has served as its chair since its formation in 2004. CapX2020 is a collaboration of nine utilities that have jointly planned and are now constructing a $2 billion expansion of the high voltage grid serving a large region in the Upper Midwest. He is also a founder, director and past president of WIRES, a Washington, D.C. based working group that promotes investment in the transmission grid. In 2010 he was elected to serve as a representative of the transmission owner/developer sector in the Department of Energy-sponsored Eastern Interconnect Planning Collaborative Stakeholder Steering Committee. Prior to his employment by the cooperative, Kaul worked at the Minnesota Legislature and for the Minnesota State Planning Agency.

    Kaul has served on an advisory council to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and as a director of the Will Steger Foundation.

Rolf Nordstrom

Rolf Nordstrom

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    Rolf Nordstrom is president and CEO of the Great Plains Institute. He has nearly 30 years of experience in energy and sustainable development policy and practice in both governmental and nonprofit settings, including the U.S. Congress, the executive branch in Minnesota, and nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Among his other duties, he currently leads GPI’s “e21 Initiative” to better align how utilities earn revenue with evolving customer demands and public policy goals. For much of his career Nordstrom has worked to broker agreement among disparate interests on difficult public policy issues. He has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Carleton College and a master’s degree in international environmental policy from Tufts University.

Dan O'Neill

Dan O’Neill, Treasurer

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    Dan O’Neill has a 40-year career in Midwestern investment banking (RBC-Dain, Allison-Williams, Northland Securities,) and municipal finance (Springsted, Public Finance Systems, Evenson-Dodge), to private and public entities. O’Neill’s finance expertise includes structuring of water, wastewater, solid waste, public power, transportation, and sports/event facilities. He has served as a city councilman (Afton, MN), and in various roles on regional and local planning boards and committees. He’s testified before Midwest legislatures on issues related to water, solid waste and transportation. He’s served on several Minnesota Pollution Control Agency solid waste advisory boards, as well as the Vermillion River Watershed Management District.

    O’Neill worked with the University of Minnesota in the development of biomass energy concept projects that utilize combustion and gasification technologies. He also supported clients in developing food and agricultural waste anaerobic digestion projects for transport fuel and power generation.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel

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    Priti Patel has more than 20 years of electric utility industry experience and is Great River Energy’s vice president and chief transmission officer.

    Before coming to Great River Energy, Patel served as regional executive to the north region and executive director for transmission system planning and competitive transmission for the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. Prior to that role, Patel served roles in general counsel, transmission development and corporate strategy and planning at Xcel Energy. She served as the organization’s lead counsel and co-executive director for the CapX2020 transmission expansion initiative. Patel also has frequently represented companies at state and federal legislative, regulatory and industry forums. She began her career as an attorney at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and in a private law practice.

Winthrop Rockwell

Winthrop A. Rockwell, Chair

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    Win Rockwell is the founding executive director of Green Minneapolis, a multi-project parks and greening conservancy launched in 2015 to advance the greening of downtown Minneapolis. Before Green Minneapolis, Rockwell was a partner in the Minneapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP where he concentrated on strategy development for clients and FaegreBD itself. Among his client work, he led a team that advised Los Alamos National Laboratory on its innovation assets strategy that included a significant focus on energy.

    Rockwell served as associate general counsel of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island. Following the conclusion of his work on the Commission, he was retained privately by the owner of Three Mile Island to conduct independent investigations of allegations of wrong-doing against the company.

    Rockwell currently serves on the advisory board of Climate Generation, a Will Steger Legacy; the advisory board of the Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology at the University of Minnesota; and; and the Greening and Public Realm Implementation Committee for the 2025 Plan of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. He previously served on the Minnesota advisory board of The Trust for Public Land and the Minneapolis downtown Gateway Committee.

Amy Skoczlas Cole

Amy Skoczlas Cole, Secretary

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    Amy Skoczlas Cole is the managing director of the Water Main, a new national initiative from American Public Media Group to engage Americans in seeing and experiencing the value of water and the vital role it plays in all aspects of our lives.

    Cole has worked at the intersection of the global environment and society for over two decades in Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and leading non-profits. Before joining APMG, Amy was the founder of a strategic advisory firm focused on re-imagining the systems that deliver clean water, sustainable food, and renewable energy to society. As part of this work, she serves as the founding co-chair of the MN Sustainable Growth Coalition, a group of more than 30 global businesses and organizations collaborating to drive a circular economy, regenerative and sustainable by design.

    Previously, she served Pentair’s first-ever vice president of corporate social responsibility, was eBay Inc.’s most senior sustainability leader, and was a founding vice president of Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business. Over the course of 13 years, Amy was a leader in CI’s efforts to design and build best environmental and social practices across key industrial sectors, including global agriculture, forestry, energy, mining, and the built environment.


Executive Advisory Council

GPI’s Executive Advisory Council is a diverse and distinguished group of individuals who are accomplished in their own fields of practice and share a passion for GPI’s mission.

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Staff & Consultants

GPI’s staff have deep knowledge across a wide range of energy technologies, policies and best practices, including on energy efficiency, renewable energy and fuels, energy storage, the electric grid, carbon management, effective policies and practices at the community level, and harnessing “best in class” ideas through international collaboration.

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