ST. PAUL, MINN, November 21, 2018 — The Board of the Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) announced today its decision to hire Doug Niemela as Executive Director after a comprehensive search. The Board’s goal is long-term growth for the nonprofit organization. Mallory Forseth, who had been serving as interim MEF administrator, was appointed to the position of Program Manager. The moves are part of MEF’s ongoing strategy to chart a new course for the future.

“We are thrilled to welcome both Doug and Mallory to MEF,” said Rylee Main, Board Chair of the Minnesota Environmental Fund. “Doug’s background in non-profit leadership, coupled with his track record of innovation and growth, will ignite new energy for our 27-year old organization.”  Main added, “The Board and I are ready to begin working with our new staff to shape the 2019 plan and support our Member Organizations.”

“I look forward to working with the Board and meeting MEF partners,” said Niemela. “I am passionate about driving transformational growth, igniting progress in environmental protection and engaging stakeholders. I am particularly excited to get to know MEF’s Member Organizations and the business community. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Mallory and believe that the two of us will make a formidable team.”

Niemela and Forseth will take over their new roles immediately.


The Minnesota Environmental Fund engages workplaces and individuals to support leading nonprofit organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota’s environment. Since 1991, the Fund has raised more than $13,000,000 at more than 100 workplaces across Minnesota, supporting over 20 environmental organizations. For more information about the Minnesota Environmental Fund, its environmental partners and workplace giving, please visit us at www.mnenvirofund.org.


Doug Niemela has worked in environmental advocacy and non-profit leadership since 2008 when he was a lead organizer for “Vote YES Minnesota”. Niemela also served as Executive Director for the “Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters” from 2014-2018 and recently as Interim Director for the “Land Water Conservation Fund Reauthorization.”  He holds a B.A. in Communication Studies & Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Mini M.B.A. in Non-Profit Organizations from the University of St. Thomas.


Mallory Forseth brings more than ten years of program design, management, evaluation and fundraising experience to MEF. Most recently, Forseth served as the Manager of the Midtown Farmers Market where she managed all aspects of operations including, staffing, fundraising, financial management, communications and partnerships. Forseth holds a M.A. in International Development from the University of Denver and a B.A. in International Relations & Spanish from St. Cloud State University.


The Minnesota Environmental Fund engages workplaces and individuals to support leading nonprofit organizations that protect, conserve and restore Minnesota’s environment.


We Protect:


Minnesota’s clean air and water by developing renewable energy resources. People, by helping to reduce mercury levels in fish. Public natural areas by fostering responsible use of trails and roadways. Soil and water with conservation farming practices. By informing and engaging community residents in public policy issues that affect their lives.


We Conserve:


Natural areas on the urban fringe, with development planning that addresses short and long-term ecological concerns. Important natural habitat for birds and other wildlife. Valuable open space for future generations to enjoy. By expanding consumer access to locally grown organic and sustainable food products.


We Restore:


Lakes and streams for safe swimming and fishing. Native prairie in roadside plantings. Water quality through buffer zones, greenways and plantings along streams and waterways. Parks and native landscapes along the Mississippi River by removing buckthorn and other invasive species.