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Staff

Andy Bio 1Andy Pearson

Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator

Andy Pearson is a lifelong Minnesotan who has loved the climate and environmental movement for as long as he can remember. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an individualized degree in environmental communication (and publishing a thesis on building a climate movement along with Julia Nerbonne) he worked with Clean Water Action, MPIRG, Fresh Energy, and Minnesota Waste Wise before coming to MN350. He is currently MN350′s Midwest Tar Sands Coordinator, helping to support the growing movement against extreme energy extraction and transportation in the region. When he’s not organizing, you might find him playing guitar, cooking food with friends, or daydreaming about public transportation in Madrid.

Other PattyPatty O’Keefe

Divestment Coordinator

Patty O’Keefe has lived in the metro area of Minnesota her whole life and is committed to being a change agent within her community.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Youth Studies degree and youth work within social movements is one of her life-long passions.  She sits on the steering committee for the Minnesota Youth Environmental Network and has helped develop curriculum for two after school outdoors programs.  She currently works at MN350 as the Minnesota Divestment Coordinator supporting fossil fuel divestment campaigns in the state and across the midwest.  Other interests include learning about the intersections of social injustices and climate change, and identifying the barriers to building powerful movements addressing systemic oppressions.


Kate Jacobson

Interim Executive Director

Kate has been an advocate for sustainable agriculture, social justice and resilient communities for the past 15 years. Her love for dirt, sunshine, all living species and serving community has only strengthened as she joins her six-year-old daughter in discovering the world around us. Kate has a B.A. in Environmental Studies, operated an organic market farm in northeastern Iowa and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa.  In addition to being a full-time mama, she is Interim Executive Director for MN350 and is fortunate to be working together with Minnesotans committed to urgent climate action that is building a movement for a just and sustainable world.

“Similar to many of the most important things in our lives; relationships, careers, school – addressing climate change by transforming the way we live and interact with ourselves, each other and the world around us takes commitment of healing energy, resources and courage.  We can be the change. We must be the change, together.”


Coordinating Council

anne_profileAnne Bauers

Anne Bauers serves on the MN350 fundraising team and is also a member of the Coordinating Council. She is grateful to be able to combine her experience as a grantwriter and fundraiser with her passion for creating a more just and livable future for us all. Anne is the mother of three future activists, who remind her every day why action on climate matters so very much.


Kurt Kimber

Kurt is a serial activist, having been involved in and advocated for south Minneapolis neighborhood associations, Hiawatha Light Rail, Wireless Minneapolis and the Digital Inclusion Fund. The looming impacts of climate change and peak oil on civilization motivate Kurt’s MN350 work, along with a desire for social justice.

Brian Nowak

Brian Nowak- Practices Architecture in Excelsior, MN and has been involved with community building since he moved to Minnesota in 1975. He started working on projects for 350.ORG in 2010; he was designing a net-zero home and sustainable community concept when he realized that individual green projects, while important, can’t make a big enough impact on climate change by themselves. He needed to tie his work to a larger movement and joined MN350 in the fall of 2011 to work on the campaign to stop the Keystone pipeline. As Tar Sands Action Coordinator for MN350, he has organized members to understand the massive negative effect of Tar Sands Oil on climate change and the relationship of the fossil fuel industries in trying prevent climate change reform through huge political contributions and climate denial advertizing. Through education, organizing and action we can move forward to balance the place of mankind on earth.

image2Akilah Sanders-Reed

Akilah Sanders-Reed started organizing around climate justice five years ago for 350.org’s first International Day of Action in 2009. She joined MN350.org after moving from Albuquerque, NM to Minnesota to attend Macalester College in 2012. Her involvement has spanned the tar sands team, an internship, and acting as a liaison between Macalester College and MN350. She now sits on the Coordinating Council. When she’s not working on climate justice organizing, Akilah can be found rowing with the Mac Crew team, backstage in the theater department, or hiking in the great outdoors.

Sam Grant


Carolyn Ham


Campaign Strategy Group

Kathy HollanderKathy Hollander

Tar Sands Team Lead & Legislative Liaison

Kathy Hollander volunteers with MN350 to promote action on climate change now. She focuses on crude oil flowing into and through Minnesota via pipelines and rail and also spends time at the Legislature. Retired, her background is in computer operating systems, as an analyst and a manager and has a BA in Math and German. She has worked with MoveOn.org, Occupy Minneapolis, and League of Women Voters, in addition to being active with the Peace and Justice committee of her church. In her free time, she loves playing cards, and the smell of the North Woods (and especially the haunting cries of the loons).

Lois Norrgard

Lois moved from a career in computer graphics to working for our Earth fourteen years ago. Watching the ever increasing destruction to our natural world and the wildlife that we share this planet with moved her to action to change careers and led her to become active with MN350 as an Outreach Volunteer. Her professional position is Upper Midwest Region Field Staff for Alaska Wilderness League – advocating for the protection of our amazing public lands in Alaska. “I was brought up to care for and appreciate the outdoors. The biggest threat we face is the changes happening due to a warming world. It is time we face facts and realize that we cannot continue to extract every last resource from this earth, but need to work within the balance of nature and live sustainably. We can no longer give a pass to industry and allow a world where to have livelihoods and jobs we must accept the destruction of our air, water and health. It is time to say Enough”. “I’ve been fortunate because in my environment work I’ve had the opportunity to work with, strengthen, and advocate for the grassroots voice. I feel strongly that the best way of creating change is through the voice of “we the people” working within our communities, caring about our air, water, and wild lands.”
In her spare time Lois is becoming an avid gardener and is learning the Permaculture method of gardening and life.

Chuck Prentice

Chuck Prentice is a MN350 outreach volunteer. Chuck was born on a Wednesday. He grew up in south Minneapolis, but learned about the world serving in the Peace Corps in Lima Peru. He was a community organizer in Chicago for ten years, but did not meet Barack Obama. Chuck’s number in Nixon’s 1969 draft lottery was 201. Chuck tries to go by the rule of leaving your campsite at least as clean as you found it, and feels that being responsible for our own actions and not leaving a mess for those who come along later are central to the question dealing with climate change.

StanStan Sattinger

Stan Sattinger comes to MN350 from a career in mechanical engineering and involvements in environmental civic groups in western Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Tech and graduate degrees from Cornell University and MIT. Since the arrival of his grandson, Orion, a few years ago, he has become especially concerned over the climate crisis. Currently involved as a volunteer in MN350′s messaging and outreach activities, he also works part-time on energy assessments on commercial and institutional buildings.

Also in Campaign Strategy Group: Kate Jacobson, Brian Nowak, Andy Pearson, and Patty O’Keefe


Volunteers

MN350 Tar Sands Team

Tar Sands Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MN350 Divestment Team

Divestment Team