Kara Jonas manages MEEA’s residential program department. In this role, Kara oversees Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR, a residential program that recognizes homeowners that improve the efficiency of existing homes with ENERGY STAR certificates of completion and provides resources and education to contractors and those working within the real estate sector. Kara also oversees all real estate education and outreach programs, working to ensure energy efficiency upgrades are recognized during the time of sale. Prior to MEEA, Kara worked at ICF where she supported residential program implementation for clients in Michigan. Kara earned her Bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University.