Ellen Anderson

Executive Director of the UMN Energy Transition Lab

Ellen Anderson is executive director of the University of Minnesota's Energy Transition Lab and an adjunct associate professor at the Law School. From 2012 to 2014, Anderson was senior advisor on Energy and Environment to Governor Mark Dayton and assisted the state Environmental Quality Board (EQB). From 2011-2012 she was Chair of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Anderson served in the Minnesota Senate from 1993-2011, representing several neighborhoods of St. Paul and the city of Falcon Heights. Her signature legislation includes the Renewable Energy Standard and many other energy laws. Anderson holds a B.A. from Carleton College and J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. She has been an adjunct faculty member at two universities, and has received dozens of awards for her leadership.


B.A. from Carleton College

J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School

GCC Course Taught

GCC 3011/5011
Ellen Anderson