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Doug Niemela
Executive Director

With the mindset of a curious explorer, Doug strives to find ways to build bridges that bring together diverse groups of people to better our whole community and create social change.

Doug Niemela joins the Minnesota Environmental Fund after four years as National Campaign Manager for the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters and two years as Executive Director for Northeastern Minnesotans for Wilderness, the lead organization for the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters. There Doug raised millions of dollars and worked with over 300 partner groups to help protect Minnesota’s crown jewel. Prior to this Doug worked on issue campaigns ranging from statewide legislative and ballot initiatives to national legislative efforts. Doug also has a strong background in candidate campaign work having worked for congressional, gubernatorial, and presidential candidates over the course of his career.


Mallory Forseth
Program Manager

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.



In addition, the Minnesota Environmental Fund relies on many people providing their talents and time – our member groups, volunteers, and our board of directors. Volunteers contribute to marketing and communications, volunteer engagement, cultivating new workplaces, recruiting leadership volunteers, engaging members and governance.