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Our Team

At MHET, we are a passionate and dedicated group of individuals working towards a common goal – empowering communities in the Mid-Hudson region to transition to an equitable clean energy economy. As advocates for renewable energy, community wealth-building, and healthy, resilient homes, our team brings together diverse backgrounds, expertise, and experiences to drive positive change in the face of climate change.

Get to know the faces behind our organization, each contributing their unique skills and unwavering commitment to creating a more sustainable and equitable future for the Hudson Valley.

Leadership

Jasmine Graham | Executive Director

Jasmine Graham | Executive Director

Jasmine Graham (she/they) joined Mid-Hudson Energy Transition (MHET) in April 2023 as the first permanent Executive Director. Prior to MHET, Jasmine served as the Senior Equity and Affordability Advisor at the Building Decarbonization Coalition. She previously held roles at WE ACT for Environmental Justice, where she was responsible for strengthening and advancing the organization’s energy policies as their Energy Justice Policy Manager, and Sustainable Westchester, where she managed the first and largest community choice aggregation program in New York State.

Jasmine is appointed to two New York City Advisory Boards – the Climate Mobilization Advisory Board and the Sustainability Advisory Board – where she presents implementation recommendations for the City’s landmark building decarbonization law, Local Law 97, and the long-term sustainability plan for the city, PlaNYC.

Jasmine is currently pursuing an MBA in Sustainability at Bard College, and in her limited free time, she can be found hanging out with her partner, Carolyn, and their adorable pup, Zero.

Home Energy Loan Program

Rosalie Fransen | Fund Director

Rosalie Fransen | Fund Director

Rosalie Fransen (she/her) comes to MHET with nine years of experience leading community development, gender justice, and conflict transformation projects. She holds an M.S. in Global Affairs and a B.S. in Communications. Rosalie is passionate about challenging systems of inequality and oppression by providing funding, visibility, and voice to groups that lack traditional access to resources.

Prior to joining MHET, Rosalie worked with the International Civil Society Action Network where she supported a network of grassroots, women-led organizations from 40+ countries to implement peacebuilding and sustainable development projects. Rosalie deepened her interest in community finance when she led program evaluation at Urban Upbound, a non-profit that injects capital and opportunities into New York City public housing neighborhoods. In Kingston, Rosalie has participated in the design of a community fund focused on building local economic power and democratizing wealth. When she is not working, Rosalie enjoys gardening, traveling, reading and writing poetry, cooking elaborate meals, and spending time with her partner, friends, and two dogs.

Home Upgrade Grant Program

Denis Cooke | Climate Justice Fellow

Denis Cooke | Climate Justice Fellow

Denis Cooke (he/him), is a LaGuardia Community College graduate in Computer Technology with 25 years of IT experience and CompTIA A+ certification. An Honorably Discharged US Army veteran, he has worked across education, healthcare, and distribution sectors, specializing in IT equipment, training, and workspace planning. Denis brings expertise from roles at Bronx Community College, Columbia University Medical Center, and with Frank Brunkhorst.

Recently completing training in thermal, HVAC, and electrification programs, he holds certifications in HVAC, solar energy, and building electrification. Currently enrolled in programs at SUNY Ulster and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Denis aims to promote renewable energy, advocate for green practices, and collaborate with community organizations. With 30 years of experience guiding students, he merges his IT background with a passion for renewable energy and green building in community-focused roles, striving to reduce carbon footprints and promote sustainability at MHET.

Elisabeth Balachova | Project Manager, Healthy & Resilient Homes

Elisabeth Balachova | Project Manager, Healthy & Resilient Homes

Elisabeth Balachova (she/her) is a dedicated environmentalist who was inspired to combat climate change in the 8th grade after watching Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. With a B.S. in Business Economics specializing in Environmental Economics, she offers a unique perspective.

In her previous real estate career, Elisabeth served as an ambassador for the Tri-State Social Equity Task Force, where she learned about environmental racism and redlining, motivating her to support an environmental justice project at Sustainable Westchester. She later transitioned to the clean energy sector at Sealed, focusing on nationwide energy efficiency initiatives. Her expertise in building science and project management now benefits low-income communities at MHET.

Beyond her career, Elisabeth follows a vegan diet, practices strict recycling, and volunteers at Woodstock Animal Sanctuary. When not advocating for climate change, she enjoys tennis, drawing inspiration from Serena Williams.

Pilar Arriaga | Healthy & Resilient Homes Associate

Pilar Arriaga | Healthy & Resilient Homes Associate

Pilar Arriaga (she/her) is a passionate advocate for sustainability, devoted to environmental justice and the promotion of positive social change. With expertise in project management, research, and community engagement, Pilar took the lead in implementing an e-waste recycling system in Kigali, Rwanda, showcasing her precision in navigating complex projects and emphasizing the transformative potential of sustainable practices on a global scale.

Pilar's dedication to sustainability flourished during her tenure at Columbia University, where she made significant contributions as a Research Assistant at the Earth Institute, engaging in ongoing research on oceanographic and climatic variability. Beyond academia, Pilar's versatility shone through as she contributed to the eco-friendly practices of the beauty industry, serving as a Marketing Strategist for a skincare startup. Her adeptness in bridging communication gaps and fostering cross-cultural understanding solidified her status as a multifaceted professional in the sustainability landscape. With a Bachelor's degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University and her international, bilingual skills, she brings a well-rounded perspective. Outside of work, Pilar enjoys hiking, teaching ballet, cleaning beaches, and cycling

Kingston Community Energy

Connor Cantrell | Program Manager, Community Choice Aggregation

Connor Cantrell | Program Manager, Community Choice Aggregation

Connor Cantrell (he/him) joined Mid-Hudson Energy Transition in August 2023 as CCA Program Manager. He comes to MHET with six years of experience in New York CCA operations and national energy markets, with a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College. Connor is interested in rethinking and restructuring energy systems that fail to prioritize the well-being of those they affect.

He is a deep, imaginative thinker with an eye for detail and empathy who plans to leverage these traits to deliver voice, ownership, and support to the communities MHET serves. In his free time he practices banjo, judo, and chess.

Emiliano Malizia | Bilingual Community Coordinator

Emiliano Malizia | Bilingual Community Coordinator

Emiliano Malizia (He/him) serves as MHET’s Bilingual Community Coordinator. With a background in law from the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina, he brings perspective to our mission fueled by a commitment to sustainable development and social justice. Before joining us, Emiliano made contributions to Fundavita, a non-profit organization focused on supporting children with cancer, demonstrating a deep- rooted passion for community service and advocacy. He is also certified as a mediator from the Institution Redes Alternativas in Mendoza, highlighting his dedication to fostering understanding and resolution through dialogue.

He is deeply committed to bridging the gap between our initiatives and the Latino communities we aim to serve by ensuring our programs are accessible and relevant to Latino communities, encouraging greater inclusion and participation in our sustainability efforts. Outside of work Emiliano enjoys skydiving, snowboarding and hiking.

Manasi Gupta | Energy Innovation Associate

Manasi Gupta | Energy Innovation Associate

Manasi Gupta (she/ her) serves as an Energy Innovation Associate at MHET, bringing her passion for driving innovative solutions to enable the energy transition. She has an MPA in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Columbia SIPA and 8+ years of experience in the tech and non profit sectors.

Over the past few years she has worked with Google, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities as well as nonprofits like GreenHomeNYC leveraging her skills in policy research, strategy and program management to drive meaningful outcomes. She is excited about bringing these skills to understand how our energy systems might evolve to accommodate the needs of the future. Outside of work, Manasi enjoys being outdoors, live music (ask her about her favorite jazz gig in the city!) and exploring new cuisines.

Operations and Growth

Emily Mauro | Operations Manager

Emily Mauro | Operations Manager

Emily Mauro comes to MHET with a B.S. in Community Health Education and a background of 10 years in energy and sustainability efforts. She is most interested in work that explores and addresses the relationship between systemic discrimination and health disparities within disinvested communities. She is currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Public Administration at the City University of New York (CUNY) to deepen her understanding of the policy landscape in the US. Prior to MHET, she was building healthy, energy efficient strawbale homes for low-income individuals on a Community Land Trust. Emily has experience installing solar panels on residential homes, creating and implementing sustainability coursebooks and programs, and has experience writing grant proposals for small-scale renewable energy projects. In her free time, you can find Emily in her garden, enjoying live music, or camping in the mountains.

Imani-Amie Murphy | Community Coordinator

Imani-Amie Murphy | Community Coordinator

Imani-Amie Murphy (she/her) serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator at Mid-Hudson Energy Transition, bringing to the role her creative and energetic personality and a love for the people she serves.

Imani-Amie is a junior at Bard College, working towards inclusivity and belonging for Black students as the Black Student Organization Club Head. Outside of work, Imani-Amie enjoys all creative hobbies such as singing, digital art, and graphic design, and is an active member of her church, Beulah Baptist Church in the Falls.

Kyra Shassberger | Energy Programs Assistant

Kyra Shassberger | Energy Programs Assistant

Kyra Shassberger (she/her) serves MHET as a Clean Energy Programs Assistant Intern. Her marketing and communications background brings perspective to effectively communicate sustainability goals and strategies to a wide variety of stakeholders. She's looking forward to empowering local communities and achieving clean energy goals while working with MHET.

Kyra is in her final semester at Columbia University's M.S. Sustainability Management program and also works as a Teaching Assistant on campus. Her passion for spreading the word about sustainability carries through in her participation as Vice President of Communications for Columbia's student organization, Build it Green. Outside of work, Kyra enjoys crafting, thrifting, and repairing watches.

Naser Jamshidi | Clean Energy Communications Associate

Naser Jamshidi | Clean Energy Communications Associate

Naser Jamshidi (he/him) joined the Mid-Hudson Energy Transition team in January 2024.

Currently a student at Bard College, Naser has a diverse background in research, project support, and communications, with a particular focus on social media management. His passion for creativity drives his work in designing and creating compelling brand content.

Before joining the Mid-Hudson team, Naser contributed his skills to various organizations. He excelled in roles that involved researching business opportunities, developing brand content, and enhancing social media presence. His ability to transform and refine content for various social media platforms is one of his key skills. Beyond his professional interests, Naser is deeply committed to community outreach. He actively participates in programs that support members of his community. In his free time, Naser often spends time in the library, where he enjoys reading, conducting research, and brainstorming creative ideas.

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