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
A 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
Pam 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 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.
Olivia Edwards, Marketing Associate
Olivia joins the Minnesota Environmental Fund as a recent graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she studied mass communication with an emphasis in public relations. She brings a strong background in social media management, sustainability campaign research and event coordination. Her experience encompasses work with various nonprofit organizations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. She is passionate about using her profession to raise awareness of environmental issues and inspire advocacy from the communities that she works in.
Olivia lives in Northeast Minneapolis and enjoys the seemingly never-ending activities that the city has to offer. She is often found buying plane tickets to new destinations, exploring the outdoors or sipping coffee with a good book in hand.