Jackson Koeppel is a Highland Park-based Energy Democracy practitioner. He spent ten years developing Soulardarity, accepting the role of Executive Director in 2015. In 2021, he transitioned into an independent consulting practice rooted in advancing energy democracy.
Koeppel developed Soulardarity from a volunteer initiative into a nationally recognized leader in energy democracy, making an impact at the local, state, and regional levels. The organization, now led by Shimekia Nichols, has installed 17 solar-powered streetlights, helped to secure major federal support for Highland Park’s City and community coalition, and developed the leadership of Detroit and Highland Park residents through organizing and education.
In his current practice, he works on equitable investment in energy grids, advancing community-owned clean energy, supporting organizing and coalition building for utility accountability, community-driven regulatory engagement, and providing technical support for on-the-ground implementation of energy solutions.