Morning Program Speakers
Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
Peggy Flanagan is Minnesota’s 50th Lieutenant Governor. At the center of all her work is advocating and making progress for children, working families, communities of color and Indigenous communities, and Minnesotans who have historically been underserved and underrepresented.
A St. Louis Park native, Peggy is proud to be a graduate of St. Louis Park Public Schools. In 2002, she earned her bachelor’s degree in American Indian studies and child psychology from the University of Minnesota.
She served on the Minneapolis Board of Education from 2005 to 2009.
She went on to work at Wellstone Action, the organization founded to carry on the work of the late Senator Paul Wellstone, for nearly a decade. As one of the original trainers of Wellstone Action’s signature program Camp Wellstone, she trained thousands of progressive activists, community organizers, elected officials, and candidates – including Governor Walz.
Following her work at Wellstone Action, Peggy served as the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund - Minnesota, a non-profit child-advocacy organization working to level the playing field for all children in our state.
In 2015, Peggy Flanagan was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving her own community of St. Louis Park, as well as Golden Valley, Plymouth and Medicine Lake. While in office, Peggy served as the DFL lead on the Subcommittee on Child Care Access and Affordability. In 2017, she joined her DFL legislative colleagues to form the POCI (People of Color and Indigenous) Caucus. Together, the caucus works to improve the education, health and economic opportunities of people of color and Indigenous communities across the state.
Peggy brings her experiences of building coalitions and advocating for children and families to the Lieutenant Governor’s Office as she works in close partnership with Governor Tim Walz to build One Minnesota.
A member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, Peggy lives in St. Louis Park with her husband, Tom, her daughter, Siobhan, and their pets, Reuben and Yogi.
Commissioner Katie Sieben
Katie Sieben has served as a Minnesota Public Utility Commissioner since January of 2017. In April, 2019, she was appointed to serve as Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission by Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan. Commissioner Sieben is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) where she serves on the Committee on Energy Resources and the Environment, the Subcommittee on Nuclear Issues: Waste Disposal; and the Washington Action Committee. Sieben also serves as the Treasurer of the Mid-America Regulatory Conference (MARC), and as the Commission’s representative to the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition.
Sieben previously served as a Minnesota legislator, representing a district southeast of the Twin Cities and along the Mississippi River. In her fourteen years in the House and Senate, Sieben championed causes related to the environment, public education and infrastructure. She served as the Assistant Majority Leader and chaired the Election committee.
Commissioner Sieben has taught as a community faculty member and adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University’s Masters in Advocacy and Public Leadership Program. She earned her B.A. from Colorado College, was a Policy Fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She and her husband, Josh Straka have three children.
Katie Anthony, LEED AP
In her role as Director of Development, Katie Anthony is responsible for leading Schafer Richardson’s Development Team and integrating development services with the company’s other service offerings. Katie joined Schafer Richardson in 2015 and has two decades of experience in the planning, real estate construction, and sustainable design industries. Ms. Anthony received a B.A. from Marquette University, has a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and practiced in New England prior to relocating to Minnesota. She is on the Advisory Board for the Minnesota Community of the U.S. Green Building Council, is a member of the Urban Land Institute Minnesota Resilient Communities Council, and is involved in the Minnesota Housing Partnership and Women in Real Estate and Urban Planning (WIRED UP).
Andy is President and Co-owner of EVS, a family-owned business based in Eden Prairie, MN. Andy is passionate about leading EVS’ team of more than 80 people who provide civil, electrical, and structural engineering services to the solar energy industry. Andy believes that solar is changing the way the world produces energy and has focused the company to provide engineering solutions to aid in that transition.
Representative Jamie Long
Rep. Jamie Long has dedicated his career to public service and currently serves southwest Minneapolis in the Minnesota House of Representatives. In addition, Rep. Long is the chair of the House Climate and Energy Finance and Policy Committee.
Senator David Senjem
Minnesota State Senator David Senjem represents portions of Dodge and Olmsted Counties, including one-half of the City of Rochester. He was first elected to the Minnesota Senate in 2002, and has served as both the Senate Majority and Minority Leader. He spent 44 years of his professional life with Mayo Clinic retiring as environmental affairs officer. He also served 11 years on the Rochester City Council.
Currently, Senator Senjem is Chairman of the Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee and Vice Chair of the Capital Investment Committee. He also serves as a member of the Environment Natural Resources Finance and Policy, and Legacy Committee, and is a member of the Legislative Pension Commission and appointed to Advisory Task Force on Expanding the Economic Security of Women. Also, he Chairs the Minnesota Mississippi River Parkway Commission.
Senator Senjem was Senate author of Mayo Clinic’s Destination Medical Center innovative economic development initiative, the largest economic development project in Minnesota history. It secures Mayo Clinic’s status as a global medical destination and sets into motion the reinvention of the City of Rochester both physically and culturally, including the necessity for the city to take a new look at how it procures and utilizes energy. Senator Senjem has also played an active role in the Minnesota/Germany Energy Policy Exchange Program.
Senator Senjem special legislative concerns are; preparing tomorrow’s workforce, developing MN energy future and promoting environmental sustainability, low high-school graduation rates in inner-city school districts, autism, dealing with pervasive mental health concerns, ensuring MN has a tax friendly and otherwise favorable business climate.
Jeremy Wacker has been a vital player in the successful advancements of renewable energy within Blattner Energy since he joined the company in 1993. Today, Jeremy is responsible for developing and leading the procurement group, which includes overseeing estimating, engineering and innovation and development.