Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson is an attorney in St. Paul. He joined the District Energy Board in 2015 as a City of Saint Paul appointee and previously served a term representing District Energy’s large customers. From 2011-2019 and 1988-91, he served as Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. While Commissioner he led efforts to increase on the job training opportunities; improve workplace safety; and reduced workers compensation costs while increasing injured workers benefits. Among his other government leadership roles have been stints as director of Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department, chief of staff for the mayor and Deputy Minnesota Attorney General. In addition to government service and practicing law, he’s been a college teacher and journalist. Ken serves on the boards of the History Theater and the Workers Compensation Reinsurance Association. He previously was President of the National Association of Government Labor Officials, President of the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation, chaired the Anishinabe Legal Services Board and was a member of the Ramsey County Charter Commission. Ken is a graduate of Hamline University, George Washington University Law School, and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Leadership

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

President and CEO
Michael Ahern

Michael Ahern

Chief Development Officer
Michael Auger

Michael Auger

Chief Legal, Risk, and Governance Officer
Michael Burns

Mike Burns

Chief System Operations Officer
Andrew Kasid

Andrew Kasid

Executive Vice President, CFO
Pam Sarne

Pam Sarne

Vice President – Accounting
Tom Thomalla

Tom Thomalla, Jr.

Director of Information Systems
Katherine Verhasselt

Katherine Verhasselt

Chief People Officer

Board of Directors

Kris Taylor

Kris Taylor

Chairperson
Heidi Conrad

Heidi Conrad

Nicole M Hansen

Nicole M. Hansen

Beverly Jones Heydinger

Beverly Jones Heydinger

Ken Peterson

Ken Peterson

Pat Wolf

Pat Wolf

David Ybarra

David Ybarra

Ken Smith

Ken Smith

Ex Officio

George Fremder

George Fremder

Director Emeritus
Former Mayor, George Latimer

George Latimer

Director Emeritus
Robert Lowe

Robert Lowe

Director Emeritus
Barbara Lukermann

Barbara Lukermann

Director Emerita
Susan Sands

Susan Sands

Director Emerita
Bernard St. Peter

Bernard St. Peter

Director Emeritus
John Taylor

John Taylor

DIRECTOR EMERITUS