Ms. Paradis is the Executive Director of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) and is responsible for overseeing the operations of MEEA’s 25+ person staff and $5 million budget. MEEA is a collaborative network, promoting energy efficiency to optimize energy generation, reduce consumption, create jobs and decrease carbon emissions in all Midwest communities. Stacey has been with MEEA since 2009, most recently serving as Deputy Director where she was responsible for MEEA’s public policy, membership, government, corporate and foundation fundraising, marketing and organizational events.
She has 25 years’ experience in government relations, public affairs and non-profit management. Prior to MEEA, Ms. Paradis was a Government Relations and Policy Consultant for the YMCA of the USA managing the state and local advocacy programs for states in the Midwest and South. Earlier in her career, Ms. Paradis was the Director of Public Affairs for Orbitz LLC leading the issues management team as the organization underwent reviews by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation. She started her career in Chicago working with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce as a Government Relations Manager responsible for the organization’s work in environment, transportation and economic development.
Ms. Paradis has a Masters’ degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree (BA) in political science from Loyola University Chicago. Stacey is the President of the Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund and Vice Chair of the Lake View High School local school council. She received the 2017 Damen Award from Loyola University Chicago for the Institute for Environmental Sustainability. Stacey lives in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood with her husband, Brock, and two sons, Maxwell and Emmit.