ICJC Steering Committee

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MeLena Hessel

Business Table Representative

MeLena Hessel is the Associate Director of Policy at Elevate. Elevate is a non-profit organization that designs and runs programs to cut costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure that those who need it most benefit from using clean and efficient energy. Hessel's focus is putting the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act into action. She works with various stakeholders, including frontline organizations, government offices, and private companies. The goal is to help people and communities all over the state of Illinois access clean energy, clean water, workforce development, and healthy housing.