Introducing Peter Ingraham — Manager of Marketing and Communications

March 6, 2024
From the sports world to public policy, Peter Ingraham joins CEEM as its new Manager of Marketing and Communications.
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Hello everyone!

My name is Peter Ingraham, and I am proud to have been selected as CEEM’s next Manager of Marketing and Communications. Specifically, I’m excited to work on the essential yet challenging work ahead of electrifying the state with exclusively clean energy.

My professional journey

Ingraham in the U.S. Capitol during his University of Minnesota Policy Fellowship. Ingraham in the U.S. Capitol during his University of Minnesota Policy Fellowship.

My career journey began in athletic communications, as I spent five years leading a small college’s athletic comms and operations and one season with the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball communications department.

However, that trajectory took a significant turn in 2020 as the profound societal impacts of George Floyd’s death and the global pandemic catalyzed my transition into policy advocacy work. While working in sports was fun, I wanted my career to have a tangible effect on the communities I care about. Wanting to understand how our policy decisions impact the world, I began pursuing a Master’s in economics from Purdue University, which I completed in May 2023 with emphases in Public Economics & Policy and Financial Economics.

After my Timberwolves season ended, the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce took me in as a Public Relations Associate, working with the statewide media on their many policy priorities. I spent two years with the Chamber, and I am incredibly grateful to them for taking a chance on someone from the world of sports and moving his discipline to the Minnesota State Capitol.

That brings us to today. In addition to my CEEM role, I currently serve on the City of Minneapolis’ Zoning Board of Adjustment. The nine-person is a quasi-judicial board that hears and decides matters of zoning appeals, zoning variances, and the establishment of legal nonconforming rights.

I am grateful to be a Humphrey Policy Fellow at the University of Minnesota, part of the 2023-24 cohort with a project focused on pay equity. The nine-month program, an initiative of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance, takes emerging and mid-career Minnesotan professionals and allows them to meet public officials, participate in leadership training, host discussions with a diversity of participants and perspectives, and undertake important projects that benefit the wider community.

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Why CEEM?

Energy infrastructure doesn’t make headlines like it should. It’s a delicate balance, changing to a much-needed clean energy grid while maintaining and improving energy efficiency, all while not pricing out the least fortunate. Add in the United States’ strong property rights and legal protections that make large-scale infrastructure projects difficult — it’ll take leaders, innovators, citizens, and so many more to make this better future a reality.

Something I consistently hear from people in my circles is a hopelessness toward our environment and the future of planet Earth. But I believe that fear is only prevalent without action. Humans are a remarkable species; we innovate new solutions to solve challenging issues, which is not done by giving up or losing hope. We can — and will — build a brighter future for ourselves and the generations to come. I am excited to join CEEM and Minnesota’s energy community on this human adventure.

Dancing in the moonlight

Ingraham working at the University of St. Thomas. Ingraham working at the University of St. Thomas.

In my spare time, I moonlight as a sports statistician. I spend many evenings courtside with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx, serving as part of a crew that sends out information to keep your ESPN app updated. I am also fortunate to work with both Minnesota’s NCAA Division I schools, the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota, doing similar work for their football, basketball, and volleyball teams. During the next two weeks, I’ll work with the Big Ten as an official statistician for their basketball tournaments at Target Center.

Personal life

After growing up in the northern suburbs, I currently live in Uptown and am engaged to my wonderful partner, Lexi, who works as a nurse. We have a cat named Tulio, who will turn eight in April.

Claim to fame

I am in the background of the iconic Patrick Beverley video.

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