Ruanne Mikkelsen

Energy Technician

Ruanne is excited to join SBC as an Energy Technician for the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) program. She moved from her hometown in the S.F/Bay Area to the Central Sierra 14 years ago and in that time has developed a genuine love and respect for her rural community.  Her goal is to parlay 20 years of successful program development, project management, and business development experience to help Sierra Nevada communities integrate climate adaptations and other resilience measures into their planning processes. 

Ruanne received a Master’s in Leadership Studies and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Development from St. Mary’s College in the Bay Area.  Her growing interest in water and forestry management led her to serve on several local boards and committees involved in natural resource management.  In response to the Rim, Kings, and Butte fires, Ruanne is working with her neighbors, the local Fire Chief, law enforcement, and civic leaders to help develop an emergency response program modeled after the San Francisco Fire Department’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program. She believes that when we take personal responsibility for neighborhood resilience, we do more than prepare for disruption - we benefit from dividends like empowerment and social cohesion.  The work that SBC does fits perfectly with Ruanne’s desire to help Sierra Nevada communities prepare for a future very different from what we’ve all known in the past.

Personal Highlights

Ruanne is an avid reader, gardener, and cook. She loves taking walks with her French Bulldog, Caesar and getting together with friends for BBQ or movie night.