The staff of the Minnesota Environmental Fund is purposefully small in order to maximize the proceeds generated for members. Currently, it includes the executive director and an associate director. Because of its small staff, the Minnesota Environmental Fund depends on the active support and involvement of its members and board. Several volunteer committees also assist with our work, including committees focused on Campaign Access, Campaign Development, Finance, Member Relations, and Nominating.


Cordelia Pierson, Executive Director

CordeliaA graduate of Princeton University and the University of MN Law School, Cordelia brings more than twenty years of nonprofit, financial management, public agency, 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, Cordelia led fundraising, organizational development, and Mississippi riverfront land protection and revitalization with corporate, elected and citizen directors. 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, urban park access, clean water, natural lands and our Minnesota heritage.  She represents the metropolitan region on the state’s Mississippi River Parkway Commission, leads two Minneapolis initiatives to connect urban neighborhoods with the Mississippi River, and serves on several nonprofit boards.

She lives in Minneapolis near St. Anthony Falls with her husband Steve Smela, a statistician, and her two teenage sons. After growing up near the Connecticut and Hudson rivers, she chose Minnesota as her home because the access to parks and natural areas, economic vitality, education, civic engagement and quality of life are outstanding.  She loves exploring Minnesota by running, cycling, paddling, hiking, and reading, and enjoys sharing photographs from these adventures.

She is 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. Cordelia has been with the Minnesota Environmental Fund since July of 2014.


Pam Weier, Associate Director

PamPam has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit management, workplace giving, fundraising, volunteer management, relationship building and program management. Having worked for a few large non-profits, she finds she enjoys the direct and immediate difference she is making while working at a small environmental non-profit.

Pam lives in Suburban St. Paul with her husband and two young children, where she serves as a volunteer and board member for their many activities. While not at work, Pam enjoys cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and spending as many weekends as she can at her family’s cabin in Northern Minnesota, swimming, boating, fishing, biking and hiking.

Pam has been with the Minnesota Environmental Fund since September of 2001.




Zaq Baker, EarthMonth and Marketing Intern

Zaq’s work with MEF is his first proper foray into the nonprofit world. He graduated from St. Olaf College in 2015, where he earned degrees in Environmental Studies and English. Since then, he has worked for ORC International, a market research firm, where he connects subject matter experts with clients in a wide variety of fields. Zaq is looking forward to leveraging his relationship-building and writing skills with MEF to promote environmental stewardship and resource conservation in our beautiful state.

A Minneapolis resident and avid biker, Zaq can often be found zipping down the Midtown Greenway, around Lake of the Isles, or near Lake Calhoun. He spends much of his non-MEF time writing and performing music with
Maria and the Coins.