Our Board & Staff

Staff

Mallory Forseth

Associate Director

Mallory has over 10 years of experience in program design, management, evaluation, and fundraising in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has devoted the last five years of that work to making food systems more equitable and sustainable in the US and abroad, with work ranging from proposal development and program evaluations of multi-million dollar agricultural development projects in Latin America and Africa, to designing and managing programs for small urban farms, markets, and food justice organizations in Denver, CO and Minneapolis, MN. Mallory holds an MA in International Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies with concentrations in Program Evaluation and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, making tasty meals with farmers market fare, and exploring our state’s stunning parks and natural areas with her dog Bug.

Board of Directors

Kim Lawler, President

Minnesota Director of Philanthropy, Trust for Public Land

Kim became the Minnesota Director of Philanthropy at The Trust for Public Land in December 2018. Prior to TPL, Kim served for seven years as the Director of Development and Communications at Tree Trust, another MEF member organization. With over 25 years of experience in fundraising, communications and nonprofit management, Kim’s nonprofit experience ranges from health to arts to youth development to environment. She feels fortunate to express her passion for the outdoors by raising funds at TPL to create parks and protect land for people to ensure healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Prior to TPL and Tree Trust, Kim managed the “people” side of Dakota County Parks where she oversaw recreational programming, environmental education, event planning, and marketing. She has a degree in Speech Communications from Iowa State University and has called Minnesota home since 2000. Seldom idle, Kim can be found hiking in regional parks, paddling on local lakes, and attending her daughter’s college running meets. Kim has a passion for building relationships and thrives on making connections to educate others on the benefit of open space to make our world a better place!

Rylee Hince, Vice President

Executive Director, Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance

Rylee Hince is the Executive Director of the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance. She received her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with a focus on water resources in Minnesota. In 2017 Rylee was appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to represent environmental organizations on Minnesota's Clean Water Council. Rylee currently serves as chair of the Minnesota Environmental Fund’s Board of Directors and formerly served as Treasurer for the Minnesota Conservation Federation.

Megan Kuhl Stennes, Secretary

Neighborhood Air Lead, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A graduate in environmental studies from the College of Saint Benedict, Megan has worked in both social justice at Cretin-Derham Hall and environmental initiatives at Dakota County. She works with local governments, community leaders and businesses throughout Minnesota. She enjoys backyard and worm composting and is happy to teach others about it!

Greta Wallgren, Treasurer

Account Director, Acoustic

Greta Wallgren has focused on product, financial and customer analytics in her corporate retail career, now at Acoustic. She brings a strong background in data analytics and financial metrics and years of experience leading and directing teams. Greta holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Gustavus Adolphus College and has taken continuing executive education courses at the University of St. Thomas and the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Greta enjoys cooking, golfing, traveling and spending time outdoors with her kids. Passionate about clean water and waste reduction, she discovered the Minnesota Environmental Fund when researching environmental choices for workplace giving.