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Liz Lucente JD/MSEL'07

2024 Alumni Service Award Recipient

Liz LucenteLiz Lucente is an environmental lawyer and sustainability professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience in the energy sector, where her career focus is climate, energy policy, resilience, and fairness. Her legal experience spans tort litigation, mergers and acquisitions, nonprofit law, solar trade association representation, public affairs, regulatory advocacy, estates, and contracts. She is currently Target’s Senior Sustainability Manager – Strategic Partnerships, Corporate Responsibility, transitioning from her work co-leading the utility-scale renewable energy program for the company.

Liz is a recipient of two Smart Energy Decisions WISE (Women in Smart Energy) national awards for mentorship (2024) and industry leadership (2022), and King & Spalding Pro Bono Service Awards for her legal work on justice and fairness for underserved communities (2009-2013). She serves as co-founder of Minneapolis-St. Paul Professional Women for Good, and regularly guest lectures at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, and for the Institute for Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law and Graduate School. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as a regional representative to the VLGS Alumni Association Board of Directors, which she has done since 2019, and she also enjoys hosting Minnesota alumni gatherings.

Liz has two children (Arlo, age 10, and Adelie, age 8), her husband, Kyle, and her dog, Captain Chewy Brownbeard—her guiding lights—who cheer her on as she works for a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable tomorrow.