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MEF appoints Amy Arcand as interim Executive Director

PAUL, MINN, July 1, 2018 — The Board of the Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) announced today its decision to reorganize its staff and leadership with the intent to chart a new course for the future. The Board’s goal is growth for the nonprofit organization, and it determined that a fresh perspective is necessary to achieve this goal. Amy Arcand of Willow Consulting was appointed today as interim Executive Director to assist the Board in this transformation. MEF will be conducting a vigorous search for a permanent Executive Director over the next few months.

“We are excited about the future of MEF,” said Rylee Main, Board Chair of the Minnesota Environmental Fund. “While we expect change to be challenging, it is a natural progression for any organization that is determined to grow. Amy brings desired expertise in change for non-profits, and the Board and I are thrilled to begin working with her to design a platform for growth that will benefit all of our Member Organizations. Our goal is to make this transition as seamless as possible for all of our partners.”

“I look forward to working with the Board on this transition. I am passionate about good governance, community engagement and building strong organizations,” commented Amy Arcand. Amy has dedicated her career to ensuring that community voices are heard and to helping organizations and groups move their ideas to reality.


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

Amy Arcand founded Willow Consulting in 2013. She has two decades of nonprofit management experience and specializes in interim executive leadership supporting organizations through times of transition. She has served as interim Executive Director at a number of nonprofit organizations including: the Nokomis East Neighborhood Association, The League of Women Voters, My Brother’s Keeper and more.


Spring Social, April 10th


Join us on Tuesday, April 10th from 6:00-8:00pm at Urban Growler in St. Paul. In addition to there being wonderful people, snacks and beverages, we will hear about Minnesota’s tree canopy – its impacts and threats – from Karen Zumach, President of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee.

Click here for more information and to RSVP.


January Newsletter


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Board of Directors and Task Force Positions Open


The Nominating Committee of the Minnesota Environmental Fund (MEF) is seeking individuals to serve on the organization’s Board of Directors and/or a committee or Task Force. We are always looking for good candidates to fill vacancies and/or add depth to our organization, and applications are being accepted year-round. Learn more about the positions and find the application here.


Caring for Minnesota’s Environment Event


Spend time helping your community clean up and care for the Mississippi River at Mill Ruins Park on Thursday, September 28th from 1-4 pm. Learn more about the event and RSVP here.

Marketing Associate position available


Join our team as our next Marketing Associate! Read the position description here — and be sure to share with people you know!

EarthMonth Initiative


Now you have easy ways to make a difference this April. Our EarthMonth initiative offers you choices to help our environment by volunteering, learning about key issues, and giving. We hope you will join us at one or more of the EarthMonth opportunities listed at

EarthMonth and Marketing Internship


Join the Minnesota Environmental Fund team and help share your passion for Minnesota’s environment.

We are looking for a passionate, independent, talented person to help the Minnesota Environmental Fund launch an EarthMonth doing/learning/giving campaign. Lead overall marketing and communications planning and activities, and support program management, evaluation and administrative activities.

See position description and how to apply: EarthMonth and Marketing Internship Position Description
Please share with others who may be interested and qualified.


Minnesota Environmental Fund Grants $176,000 to Protect Lake Superior Water, Natural Areas


Minnesota Environmental Fund is playing a critical role in delivering justice for an environmental crime against the Great Lakes. This summer, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota needed an experienced partner to distribute $176,000 from a settlement case when a whistleblower reported a ship was illegally dumping dirty bilge water into the Great Lakes. MEF was ready with effective member groups and great projects. Learn more and see how your support is helping protect Minnesota.

Read the Press Release for more information: Lake Superior Settlement News Release Dec 2016



Issue brief: Getting Outdoors, August 2016

Issue brief: Youth Engagement, June 2016

Issue brief: Healthy Food, February 2016

In Search of Qualified Candidates


Please review the available position descriptions and forward to those you think would enjoy supporting Minnesota’s environment through this type of work.
Marketing and Program Internship
Workplace Services Research Internship



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.”