Annika (Brink) BrindelDirector of Sustainability Policy/ Midwest Director of Energy Efficiency Policy
Annika works with state and local partners across the country to advance NHT's mission of making multi-family homes healthy and affordable through energy efficiency. With a focus on the Midwest, she analyzes efficiency policies, advocates for solutions, and helps build strong relationships among utilities, regulators, affordable housing owners, energy efficiency advocates, and financial partners. Since 2014 she has worked with partners to secure over $50 million in new utility funding for affordable multifamily housing in the Midwest. Annika also serves as an advisor to the national Network for Energy, Water, and Health in Affordable Buildings (NEWHAB) and is a LEED Green Associate. In 2018 she was named one of Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 working on clean energy.
Prior to joining the National Housing Trust, Annika led the Alliance to Save Energy's engagement of publicly-owned non-for-profit electric power utilities. She helped utilities share best practices, evaluate energy efficiency program models, benchmark their energy efficiency portfolios, develop innovative online tools, and achieve consensus on priority topics. While at the Alliance, she also worked on building energy codes.
Annika has experience working on green affordable housing for a small community development corporation in Minnesota, conducting clean water advocacy, researching rental-sector energy efficiency solutions, and consulting to local governments in Massachusetts on carbon, housing, and energy efficiency retrofit policies. A fluent German speaker, Annika spent a year in Stuttgart, Germany studying Architecture and Urban Planning. Annika holds a B.A. in American History and German Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master's in Public Policy with a concentration in Social, Urban, and Energy policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.