Staff

St. Paul Staff – 651.290.0154


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Steve Morse, Executive Director
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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.

 

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Sara Wolff, Advocacy Director

Sara works with MEP’s coalition groups to develop and implement collaborative policy and candidate education initiatives, including communications, organizing, and lobbying at the Minnesota Legislature. She previously served MEP as a Candidate Education Coordinator, and draws on experience working for the Ramsey County Attorney’s office and the Statewide Association for Family Planning. Sara studied at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota, and earned her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. In her free time, she enjoys playing the cello and spending time with her family.

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Matt Doll, Operations Assistant

Matt joined MEP in March 2017 as the coalition’s Operations Assistant, handling MEP’s communications, web management, 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 native and resident of Saint Paul, Matt is an avid explorer of Minnesota’s outdoor spaces and enjoys baking, reading, and hiking with his dog.

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Jeni Gregory, Advancement Officer

Jeni oversees grant writing, reporting, individual fundraising, and public relations projects for the coalition. Previously, she managed development and communications activities for Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, Fox Advancement, and Eco Education. Prior to her nonprofit work, Jeni taught English as a Second Language to adults. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.S. in Mass Communications. A resident of South Minneapolis, Jeni enjoys exploring the vast network of trails, parks, and lakes via bicycle. She also spends her time reading, gardening, cooking, traveling, and practicing yoga.

 

Duluth Staff –  218.727.0800


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 Abbie Plouff, Northeast Minnesota Program Coordinator

Abbie staffs the Mining and the Great Lakes Clusters, assists in capacity building, and fundraising. Prior to taking on this role, she had worked with MEP as the Legislative Session Intern. Abbie is passionate about the intersection of environmental protection and social justice. Before coming to work for MEP, Abbie worked as a community organizer with MN350, the Sierra Club, and the Whittier Alliance. She earned her Masters of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School for Public Affairs. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, listening to podcasts, and reading.

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Irene Folstrom, Great Lakes Program Coordinator

Irene leads MEP’s work on Great Lakes policy at the regional and national level, including oil transport, invasive species, ballast water, TMDL’s, and other related policy issues. She graduated with Honors from Stanford University and received her law degree from Cornell Law School. Irene is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and was born and raised on the Leech Lake reservation in northern Minnesota. She has an extensive network at the state and national levels with Tribal Governments, having worked with the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. and for multiple national tribal organizations. She is excited to call Duluth her new home.