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McKnight hires Midwest Climate & Energy program officer

The McKnight Foundation has hired Brendon Slotterback as Midwest Climate & Energy program officer. He will join the foundation in December 2015.

Brendon Slotterback has spent his career working on issues at the heart of McKnight’s Midwest Climate & Energy program. Since 2011, he has served as sustainability program coordinator for the City of Minneapolis, where he developed one of the city’s first municipal climate action plans. Subsequently he helped negotiate and implement the Clean Energy Partnership with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy, deploying energy solutions to Minneapolis customers and garnering a deep understanding of the regulatory and legislative environment in the process. He has strong connections in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors and has been invited to share his work with the U.S. Department of Energy, Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Urban Land Institute, and C40 Cities. In recent years Slotterback has been deeply engaged in the energy regulatory process through multiple dockets being considered at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. Previously, he worked on energy-related policy analysis, research, and evaluation for Dakota County and for DSU/Bonestroo, an engineering and landscape architecture firm based in Roseville.

Hailing from Milwaukee and Iowa City, Slotterback has a bachelor’s degree in political science from UW–Eau Claire and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

McKnight’s Midwest Climate & Energy program goal is to foster and support Midwest climate and energy leadership, making the region a national and international leader in addressing climate change by achieving energy-related greenhouse emission reductions. In 2014, about 16% (roughly $14.2 million) of McKnight’s total payout went to support this goal.


The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014.


Na Eng, Communications Director, (612) 333-4220

Topic: Midwest Climate & Energy

November 2015