Kristin Nering Lockhart

Ms. Lockhart has held a number of positions at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Office over the past 18 years, including Associate Vice President, Chief of Staff, Chief Diversity Officer, and Chief Operations Officer.    She also spent five years as Associate to the Director at UM’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Prior to U of M, Ms. Lockhart was Director of Diversity Programs at Northwest Airlines.  Kris Lockhart She has been a partner at Brosnahan, Joseph, Lockhart, and Suggs, and before that she was a partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi.   She has also taught at the University of Minnesota Law School, and the Hamline University School of Law.  Kris has passionately promoted equity and diversity throughout her career, along with addressing all forms of discrimination in employment and education system-wide.  While completing law school, Kris raised two young boys as a single parent, and she became partner at her first firm while still the sole adult in the house.


Ms. Lockhart has a Master in Public Administration from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota, and a BA from University of Minnesota and Carleton College.




Roya Damsaz

Roya is an application engineer in the field of custom HVAC.   Immigrating to the U.S. after acquiring her degree in Metallurgical Engineering, she has worked as a specialized HVAC engineer for the last two decades. Her positions include sales, project management, design manager and application engineer.  Working in the custom industries, she learned to be a creative thinker and a problem solver.

She and her husband are vegetarians, on the journey toward vegan. They both consider this an ethical obligation to Mother Earth and all beings. Roya is also deeply passionate about social and environmental justice.   A North Minneapolis resident, she’s determined to improve the quality of life for her community by challenging existing social, environmental, educational and judicial inequalities.Roya Damsaz

A mother and a grandmother, she also mentors at Familywise (teenage moms) and Achieve Minneapolis.  She is a member of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change, MN350, SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice) and a recent board member of the Wirth Co-op.

She’s an adventurous cook and always looking for new ingredients and recipes.  To her, gardening and cooking are means of bringing people together and building a united network of kindness.

As Thich Nhat Hanh says: “We are here to awaken the illusion of separateness”



Mahesh Johari

Mr Johari owns the software company Rational Capital LLC.  In the past, he also has worked as a management consultant for companies as varied as Intel, PacifiCorp, the mortgage finance company Diversified Capital Corp., and the investment research firm Quantitative Analytics, Inc.  His past projects include development of auditing procedures, creating pricing plans for energy derivatives, risk analysis for an investment fund, financial modeling for real estate portfolios, and developing a budget management system for a land development project.  Prior to striking out on his own, he worked as an analyst for several private investment funds, and he started his finance career at the Chicago Board of Trade.  Mr. Johari also enjoys teaching.  He has taught calculus at the University of Illinois, plus a variety of courses at the University of Arizona, including Money and Banking, Economics of Crime, and Statistics.  His volunteer work has included the Mahesh photoChildren’s Home Society, mentoring small business owners, and a brief stint on the finance committee for the Twin Cities chapter of Habitat for Humanity.   A Chartered Financial Analyst, Mr. Johari has a BA and MS in mathematics from the University of Illinois, an MA in economics from the University of Arizona (where he also pursued a PhD), plus some time in graduate study at the University of Minnesota.  In his spare time, Mahesh enjoys swimming, eating his wife’s cooking, and solving calculus equations in his head while walking around Lake Harriet. 


Elijah Lartey

Elijah is a musician and community activist. He is a member of Johnson Senior High School’s class of 2015, and still resides on the east side of Saint Paul. In the 11th grade, he worked for the Youth Conservation Corps of Minnesota, where he gained ecological knowledge and passion. During his senior year at Johnson, Eli helped organize a student-led walkout and march to the Minnesota State Capitol. This was part of a nationwide day of demonstration after a grand jury chose not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Following (and inspired by) the walkout, the principle of Johnson met with Eli and the other organizers to discuss how to bring productive student leadership into the classroom. The next year, Johnson began a student-led home room class, an idea proposed by student activists during the meeting with administration.

Since finishing high school and enrolling at the University of Minnesota, Mr. Lartey has continued to work towards social and environmental justice. Following the shooting of Philando Castile by Falcon Heights police officer Jeronimo Yanez, Eli participated in demonstrations at the Governor’s Mansion demanding an independent prosecutor rather than a grand jury for the investigation. Mr Lartey has also become interested in the agricultural aspect of global warming, and is currently planning urban community garden projects.

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In the musical world, Eli has played and recorded with multiple groups. He currently records experimental folk/free jazz albums with the group Shingebis. He also played bass on the debut album of Marsupial Suit, a twin cities alternative rock band.

Eli believes that climate justice, social justice, and economic justice are intersectional struggles. He believes that renewable energy is not only vital to protecting the future of the Earth, but also an important step to creating equitable socioeconomic condititions for all people.


Channy Leaneagh

Ms. Leaneagh is a Minneapolis raised musician, parent and North Minneapolis home owner.

She is passionate about women and children’s health and working on direct actions to to free their environment of toxins and barriers that keep them from growing healthy, joyful bodies.  Environmental Justice became a main focus of Channy’s activism after moving to North Minneapolis in 2014 and experiencing first hand the highest asthma hospitalization and elevated lead level rates in the state of Minnesota. Playing out side with her kids and with neighbor children, she breathed in the toxic air with everyone else and tasted the lead in her own mouth.  Her infant son had elevated lead levels at 6 months, and her daughter was often absent from school with respiratory illness.    Channy heard similar stories from other moms in her neighborhood.
In 2016, Ms. Leaneagh helped organize a community awareness event about the Northern Metals recycling plant in North Minneapolis.  Northern Metals omits elevated levels of lead and other heavy metals into the air of North and Northeast Minneapolis.  In 2017, she took a class on safe removal of lead paint in the home and had her own house remediated.
Channy is engaging in research and conversation with experts and the community around her to find the best ways for children to fight off the damaging effects of pollution and toxicity in their environment– via things like healthy vitamin rich foods, lead remediation in children’s homes and schools, improving mass transit,  as well as activism and education to shut down toxic industries in her community.

Megan Hoye

Ms. Hoye is the Engagement Coordinator for the Center for Energy and Environment’s Innovation Exchange, the research arm of the organization.  CEE is a 35-year wise nonprofit institution in Minneapolis, dedicated to the promotion of energy efficiency in businesses, households, and government.   She coordinates the dissemination of recent innovations in energy efficiency research to utilities, building professionals, energy experts, and policymakers.   Megan works on policy and planning related research that helps businesses and communities strategically apply conservation.  Ms. Hoye was a co-author of Minneapolis’ Energy Pathways Study, which led to the first-of-its-kind City/Utility partnership between Xcel Energy and the City of Minneapolis.  She is also currently working as part of a diverse team to recommend and facilitate opportunities for conservation, resilience, and clean energy in Arden Hills. Megan Hoye springs

Prior to CEE, Megan worked with the clean energy advocate Fresh Energy to frame the health, economic, and environmental benefits of transmission (grid) development for the purpose of carrying clean power.  Previously she spent over a year developing and piloting a sustainable behavior-change initiative that she co-founded called the ThreeACTIONS Project.  Prior to graduate school she worked for two Minneapolis architectural firms, Studio 2030 and Walsh Bishop, where she coordinated sustainable building material research along side her design responsibilities.

Ms. Hoye is a LEED Accredited Professional, and has a Master of Science degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She holds a B.S. of Interior Design and a (humorously extensive) minor in Architecture.  An avid cyclist, runner, and chocolate lover, you will rarely find her in an elevator. Who needs a lift when you have stairs!




Thomas Streitz

Mr. Streitz is currently President and CEO of Twin Cities Rise!, an innovative jobs training program that focuses on placing low income individuals enmeshed multi-generationally in sustainable living wage jobs.  Previous to this position, Tom served as Housing Policy & Development Director for the City of Minneapolis for 6 years.  Mr. Streitz also served as Deputy Executive Director of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA).  Prior to his service at MPHA, Mr. Streitz was a government relations attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and served for six years as legislative Counsel to the United States Senate.Tom Streitz photo

Mr. Streitz is the founder of several innovative nonprofits including the Twin Cities Community Land bank and One Yoga.

Mr. Streitz has a Masters in Law and Letters from Georgetown Law School, a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and was a Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School.

In addition, to these positions Mr. Streitz serves as an advisor and board member to the Family Housing Fund, Executive Committee of Heading Home Hennepin to End Homelessness, Twin Cities Community Land Bank, and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts.



Sean McLoughlin

Sean is the Green Builder on the board.  Growing up in an artistic family immersed in the 60’s counter-culture, he has lived an eclectic life, and he claims he chose the environment as his issue “before he could walk”.  Sean learned carpentry from his father, and by sixth grade he was moving dirt at his father’s job sites and drawing passive solar homes on bar napkins after working hours.   Mr. McLoughlin is President of Sean’s Renovation Inc., where he has specialized in remodeling older homes for the past 25 years.  While he enjoys creating beautiful spaces, he now wants to use his skills to help address the biggest threat civilization has ever faced– Climate Change.  Sean is a licensed Minnesota builder, a Greenstar Professional, a member of USGBC and the Green Home Institute.


Other notables include witnessing the 35W bridge collapse, writing a novel, and in 1982 he won the International Jugglers Association One Mile Joggle in 5:19.  In 1969, Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in the middle of Sean’s fifth birthday party.  His friends and family say he still holds a grudge.