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MN Environmental Fund Has a Fearless New Leader…

July 10, 2014


July 9, 2014

Minnesota Environmental Fund Announces New Executive Director, Cordelia Pierson

The Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF), the leading nonprofit that supports giving by employees to organizations that protect, conserve, and restore Minnesota’s environment, has selected Cordelia Pierson as its new executive director.

Trained in environmental science and law, Pierson brings more than twenty years of nonprofit, financial management, and partnership experience serving as a nonprofit executive director, board president, program director, and collaborative leader. As the first executive director for the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership, Pierson led fundraising, organizational development, and Mississippi riverfront land protection and revitalization with corporate, elected and citizen leaders. With the Trust for Public Land and other MEF environmental members, she helped form and contributed to private-public partnerships to protect and advocate for metro greenways, clean water, land and our Minnesota natural legacy.  She succeeds Ed Marek, who served MEF since 2001.

“We are extremely proud to have Cordelia as Minnesota Environmental Fund’s new executive director,” said Bjorn Gangeness, Minnesota Environmental Fund Board President. “She has demonstrated her passion for Minnesota’s environment and has collaborated with many of our 23 nonprofit environmental members. We are truly excited by her intent to foster deep relationships with the companies and employees who protect, conserve and restore our environment through workplace giving.”

“Minnesota stands out as a place where people value a healthy environment.  With workplace giving for clean water and our quality of life, employers engage and retain talented, committed employees,” said Pierson. “I’m excited about the opportunity to grow Minnesota’s investments in our precious air, land, and water resources through strong relationships with our workplace campaign partners, donors, and volunteers.”

About the Minnesota Environmental Fund

The Minnesota Environmental Fund, a 501(c) nonprofit organization, educates and provides employers and their employees with a vital, easy workplace giving choice to financially support more than twenty nonprofit organizations that protect clean water, clean air, land, and food; advocate for environmental justice; and promote a clean, safe and healthy environment. The Minnesota Project is a member organization of The Minnesota Environmental Fund.  For more information about MEF, its environmental partners, and workplace giving for Minnesota’s environment, please visit us on the web at

Bjorn Gangeness, President, Board of Directors
Minnesota Environmental Fund,

Cordelia Pierson, Executive Director
Minnesota Environmental Fund,

Phone: 651-917-1876



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