BruneAvatarGabriella Brune

Occupation: Marketing Specialist and Administrative Assistant
Company: TruNorth Solar LLC
Location: Minneapolis, MN

During the summer of 2014, Gabriella participated in the Summer of Solutions Minneapolis program, and worked with Cooperative Energy Futures on their preliminary Community Solar Garden. The following spring, as part of her Environmental Studies degree program at the College of St. Benedict, Gabriella interviewed one of the managers at TruNorth Solar for her thesis on Community Solar. She went on to intern for that company and today works as the company’s Marketing Specialist and Administrative Assistant.

Gabriella says that she likes having many diverse responsibilities. In addition to supporting sales efforts and lead generation, Gabriella manages the company’s web site, posts on social media pages, writes blogs, and she assists with administrative work, Human Resources, and office management.

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Gabriella said that she has always had a passion for the outdoors and renewable energy. “I wanted to work in the solar energy industry; it was my ideal job.”

Gabriella encourages solar jobseekers to take classes on solar and get involved in their local solar advocacy organizations, like MNSEIA (Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association) or CERT (Clean Energy Resource Team). “Those two things will differentiate them from other people who are trying to get work in the solar industry,” she said.

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