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Julie Drennen is the Communications Intern at MEP. She is in charge of the News Watch, which is a digest of environmental news from around the state of Minnesota. She also compiles the Weekly Update, a weekly newsletter of events happening in the Minnesota’s green community.
Julie has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, Morris. In her studies, she focused on environmental political theory. Previously, Julie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Minnesota Literacy Council. She served at Metro South Adult Basic Education, where she helped foreign-born adults learn career skills. In her free time, Julie rides horses and participates in horseback riding competitions. Her horse’s name is Queen B.
Christine Durand joined MEP in 2014 and leads the fundraising and strategic communications work of the organization. This includes working with the Board of Directors to ensure that the organization meets revenue goals to support its mission.
Christine was previously the Marketing and Communications Director with Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, and worked as Development Communications Director for Planned Parenthood. She has a B.A. in Journalism from Drake University and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Leadership from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. She volunteers with numerous area nonprofits An animal lover, Christine has two dogs and enjoys being outside with them every chance she gets.
Prior to joining MEP in 2006 Steve served as Senior Fellow in the College of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Minnesota. He developed and ran the Green Lands, Blue Waters initiative; a Mississippi River basin project to maintain productivity of the land while addressing the ecological impacts of agricultural practices.
Steve was Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) from 1999 to 2003. He was elected to the Minnesota State Senate in 1986 and reelected three times. During most of his 12 years representing the Winona area, he was Chair of the Senate Environment and Agriculture Budget Division. Prior to his legislative work, Steve managed his family’s apple orchard and served on the Winona School Board.
As Campaign Director, Norton works with Minnesota Environmental Partnership’s more than 75 member organizations to achieve the coalition’s collaborative environmental priorities: solar energy expansion, more effective cleanup of Minnesota’s polluted waters, protection of the Boundary Waters and Lake Superior from sulfide mining pollution, and expanded investments in conservation and transit.
Norton brings a decade of experience to the coalition, including eight years as the Forestry and Wildlife Advocate and Staff Attorney for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy. He most recently served as a land conservationist for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.
Andrew Slade is a naturalist and writer who has been active in North Shore conservation issues for 20 years and works in MEP’s Duluth office. He has served on the boards of the Superior Hiking Trail Association and the North Shore Scenic Drive Council. He is the author of Skiing the North Shore, Camping the North Shore, and Hiking the North Shore.
Andrew was the Director of Education at Lake Superior Center from 1993 to 2000. From 2002 to 2008 he served as Executive Director of Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association.
Andrew has a BA in Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota and a MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. He lives in Duluth on the sandy shores of Minnesota Point with his wife, two sons, and a poodle. He blogs about the North Shore regularly at www.thereandbackbooks.com.