Staff & Board

St. Paul Staff – 651.290.0154

Steve Morse, Executive Director he/him
Twitter: sjemorse http://bit.ly/1S3uadK

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Steve is a well-known leader in the state environmental community with expertise in public policy and a broad range of environmental issues, as well as inside knowledge of both legislative and state agency processes. Prior to joining MEP in 2006, Steve served as a Senior Fellow in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota. While there, he developed and ran the Green Lands, Blue Waters initiative, a Mississippi basin-wide cross-disciplinary initiative to address the long-term ecological impacts of agricultural practices on water quality. Steve was Deputy Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from 1999-2003. Prior to his appointment to the DNR, Steve represented southeast Minnesota in the Minnesota State Senate for 12 years, beginning in 1987.

Matt Doll, Operations and Engagement Director he/him

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Matt joined MEP in 2017, and handles the coalition’s communications, member services, individual fundraising, and administrative functions. He has previously worked with the Sierra Club as a Legislative Intern and volunteer, assisting with advocacy, research, and writing for the North Star Chapter’s policy campaigns. He holds a B.A. from UMN-Twin Cities with a major in Political Science and a minor in Global Studies. A Wisconsin-born resident of Saint Paul, Matt is an avid explorer of Minnesota’s outdoor spaces and enjoys baking, reading, and hiking with his dog.

Cecilia Calvo, Director of Advocacy and Inclusion – she/her

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Calvo is an expert on environmental issues, including climate change, children’s health and natural resource policy, and has worked domestically and internationally to help respond to these challenges. Her passion for the social justice dimensions surrounding environmental concerns stems from the impact of environmental degradation on the lives, health, and rights of vulnerable people and communities.
Previously, Calvo led the environmental justice efforts of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States as their Senior Advisor on Environmental Justice within the Office of Justice and Ecology. From 2007 to 2016, Calvo led the U.S. bishops’ Environmental Justice Program, where coordinated the education, outreach and advocacy efforts.


Duluth Staff – 218.727.0800

Andrew Slade, Great Lakes Program Directorhe/him

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Andrew leads MEP’s work on Great Lakes and Northeastern Minnesota issues and maintains relationships at the U. S. Capitol to ensure protecting Minnesota’s environment is a federal priority. He returned to MEP in Fall 2018 after two years in Duluth-area local government park and conservation work. From 2009 to 2016, Andrew served as MEP’s Northeast Minnesota and Great Lakes program director. He has worked in Lake Superior conservation education and policy since 1992.


Board of Directors

MEP’s Board of Directors includes up to 13 Directors elected from and by our member organizations, and up to 5 Directors appointed by the Board.

Marty Cobenais
martycobenais@gmail.com

Dominique Diaddigo-Cash
Sierra Club
dominique.diaddigo-cash@sierraclub.org

Kathleen Doran-Norton
League of Women Voters Minnesota
kdorannorton@gmail.com

Theresa Keaveny – Secretary
tkeaveny15@gmail.com

Chris Knopf – Treasurer
Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness
chris@friends-bwca.org

Amanda Koehler
Land Stewardship Project
akoehler@landstewardshipproject.org

Howard Markus
Izaak Walton League of America – Minnesota Division
howlyn11@gmail.com

Matt Norton
Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness
matt@savetheboundarywaters.org

Karen Olson Johnson
karenolsonjohnson@gmail.com

Karuna Ojanen
Minnesota Well Owners Organization
ojanen.mnwoo@gmail.com

Mark Sanstead
Hastings Environmental Protectors
drmj1776@gmail.com

Tim Schaefer – Chair
thschaef@gmail.com

Whitney Terrill – Vice Chair
Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light
whitney@mnipl.org

Theresa Thompson Nix
Move Minnesota
theresatn@movemn.org