MN350 staff

Nancy Beaulieu, Northern Minnesota Organizer

Nancy Beaulieu decided to set aside her LPN licensing and dedicate herself fully to the environment after visiting Standing Rock. Her experience working in retail & sales management, metalsmithing, and carpentry make Nancy a good fit as a community organizer in Northern Minnesota. Nancy’s an enrolled member of the Leech Lake reservation who lives just east of Bemidji. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys living simply, gardening, ice-fishing, crafting and spending time with her family.

 Contact: nancy@mn350.org

Scott Bordo, Chief Financial Officer

Scott Bordo joined MN350 in March 2022 as Chief Financial Officer. He has spent the last several years in Minneapolis human/social service organizations supporting underserved communities. He has always been passionate about conservation and supporting sustainability and enjoys working with like-minded volunteers, team members, and partners.

Scott takes pride in supporting operational leadership by ensuring data integrity and preparation of accurate and timely financials. He brings a wealth of experience developing and managing robust systems and automating processes to help companies grow and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. He enjoys working with others to use technology toward becoming more efficient and greener with reduction in the use of paper.

Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, has been a CPA, and has an MBA from the University of St Thomas.

Contact: scott@mn350.org

Noelle Cirisan, Political Manager

Noelle Cirisan started with MN350 as a volunteer before contracting with MN350 on voter outreach for the 2020 election. She currently serves on staff as MN350’s Policy Action Team Organizer. Noelle loves bringing people together around climate justice policy at the state and federal levels.

Noelle’s interest in climate justice has been informed by her childhood on the California Central Coast where she watched a changing climate and oil spills change the lives of the people around her.  She has her B.A. from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from Vermont Law School where she studied water and environmental law. She has lived in Minnesota since 2017 and loves exploring everything the Midwest has to offer.

Contact: noelle@mn350.org

Mia Farinas, Food Systems Organizer

Mia Farinas joined MN350 in September 2022 as an organizer for the Food System’s Team. Having grown up in Hawaii, she is passionate about developing local and equitable food systems to fight back against our extractive, colonial food economy. After receiving a degree in Sociology and Environmental Studies at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, Mia worked with the City and County of Honolulu and Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Clinic to support food access and local food system development projects on Oahu. New to Minneapolis, Mia enjoys exploring the city by foot, bike and public transit, as well as cooking and dancing.

Contact: Mia@mn350.org

Eva Garcia, Political Organizer

Eva Garcia (She/Her) joined MN350 in November 2022 as a Political Organizer. Before coming to MN350, Eva worked with many local political campaigns and organizations on protecting reproductive rights, holding politicians accountable, moving Minnesota to an equitable clean energy state, and many more. Eva’s passion for fighting climate change mostly comes from wanting her son and future generations to experience all the wonders our Earth has to offer. Eva has lived in the East Side of Saint Paul since the age of 5 and enjoys all the seasons Minnesota has to offer. She loves going on walks with son and dog Benito.

Contact: Eva@mn350.org

Theresa “Tee” McClenty, Executive Director

Tee has witnessed the impact of the climate crisis first-hand. Her youngest son was born with asthma and continues to experience complications from it as a young adult. This story, she knows, is not unique. Many communities of color are hardest hit by the negative impacts of climate change.

Tee joined MN350 in 2022 in a continuation of her career as a servant for all communities. She has dedicated her life to ensuring that all communities have ALL the resources available to them. She has worked more than 18 years in emergency medicine, seeing first-hand the impact of climate on people’s health. She attended college to obtain a nursing degree and sign language interpreter. She received a mini-MBA at St. Thomas University and is a certified project manager. She has also worked in labor unions from a rank-and-file member to an chief-negotiator and EVP, advocating with school workers and health care union sisters and brothers for improved working conditions. In her most recent role, Tee connected the community to necessary resources in mental and behavioral health, dentistry, and human services.

“It’s important to me that we recognize the impacts of climate change and how they are experienced much differently for middle-income families than they are for poor or underprivileged families, including the hardest hit from climate impacts, BIPOC communities,” Tee said. “We must do better in how information is shared and in how resources are distributed in a more equitable way for all. This is my vision for MN350. An organization where people and communities are healthy, resilient, and vibrant and where disadvantaged and BIPOC communities are no longer experiencing environmental burdens and racial injustice.”

Contact: tee@mn350.org

Ulla Nilsen, Senior Organizer on the Green New Deal Team

Ulla has dedicated much of her life to the idea that a better world is possible. She grew up in MN, and returned in 2011, after spending 20 years living in California, Brazil, and Mexico. Since she became a mother and learned of climate change, Ulla has worked passionately to help solve the climate puzzle and uncover the connections between racial, economic, and climate justice. She has worked extensively with immigrant communities as a medical interpreter, documentary filmmaker, and union steward. As a volunteer with MN350 since 2012, Ulla coordinated the Corporate Accountability team and helped build ties with unions and racial and economic justice organizations. As MN350’s Green Jobs Program Manager, Ulla is working to ensure that the rollout and benefits of a green economy are accessible to all communities.

Contact: ulla@mn350.org

Andy Pearson, Senior Pipeline Resistance Organizer

Andy Pearson (he/him) is the Senior Pipeline Resistance Organizer with MN350, the staff support for our Pipeline Resistance Team. A lifelong Minnesotan, he joined MN350’s staff in 2013 and has been instrumental in building the movement against Enbridge and the tar sands industry across the Midwest. Andy works with partners from around the region and the volunteer organizers and leaders on the Pipeline Resistance Team (as well as MN350’s treaty rights work) to build strategic campaigning that cuts off the ability of the fossil fuel industry to extract and move dirty fuels, creating space for more climate-friendly solutions to grow. He can be found convening coalitions, helping to plan mass mobilizations and cross-movement events, and sometimes fixing printers or brushing up on his Spanish skills.

Contact: andy@mn350.org

Daylon Prochaska, Transit Organizer

Daylon joined MN350 in October of 2022 as a Transit Organizer. Growing up in Minnesota, he quickly developed a love for our ecosystems and a passion for climate justice, becoming an organizer at a young age. Daylon organized against fossil fuels extraction, neocolonialism, and militarism in high school. Daylon organized school strikes for climate justice and worked on a number of progressive campaigns. In his free time he likes to read, craft, cook, and explore nature.

Contact: Daylon@mn350.org

Sarah Riedl, Communications Manager

Sarah Riedl first got connected to MN350 through the Food Systems Team in August of 2019. As the volunteer team lead, she helped it grow into a thriving community of volunteers dedicated to the just transition to a resilient, regenerative food system that can meet the challenges of climate change. She joined MN350 staff as a part-time Communications Manager in January 2021, bringing her background in communications as well as her passion for “making the world a better place.”

Sarah lives in South Minneapolis with her partner, two children (ages 7 and 5) and two dogs (ages 13 and 11). She loves teaching her kids to cook “planet-saving meals,” and has been an aspiring gardener for more than a decade. She dreams of either successfully producing her own food someday, or living in a society where regeneratively-produced food is the norm — whichever comes first.

Contact: sarahr@mn350.org

 

Jessie Roeming, Communications Manager

Jessie Roeming started volunteering with MN350 in 2019 and joined the staff in 2021. Before coming to MN350, Jessie worked as a Social Media Specialist at Twin Cities Public Television, as a Communications Manager at FairVote Minnesota, and wore a number of hats including Communications Manager in her ten years at Intermedia Arts.

Jessie grew up in the small Central Minnesota town of Milaca where she first discovered the simple pleasures of frost boils in the springtime, summer evenings on the tire swing, long walks through the crunching autumn leaves, and the special squeak snow makes under a sled. Since moving to the Twin Cities in 2005, Jessie has become active in social justice movements and is thrilled to be working at MN350 to advance social and environmental justice in Minnesota. When she’s not working, Jessie can be found strolling around the Longfellow neighborhood, rooting around in her garden, playing board games, or attempting to keep her kittens, Waffle and Hazel, from chewing on . . . everything.

Contact: jessie@mn350.org

Krystil Rose, Office Administrator

Krystil Rose was born and raised in the Twin Cities. As a child, her parents strongly believed in giving back and kept her active with many volunteering organizations, including the MN Raptor Center and Race for the Rainbow. As she grew up, her love for nature strengthened and she knew her commitment to the planet and its inhabitants had to match that passion. Krystil is thrilled to now be a part of the MN350 team working full time for meaningful changes. Previously working as a general manager of a small business, she hopes to utilize her skills to help achieve the vision of MN350.
When Krystil isn’t working, you can find her performing and teaching dance, camping, hiking, foraging, or trying out a new creative art form. She loves trying new vegetarian food with friends or having a lazy Sunday afternoon with her cat Xena.

Contact: krystil@mn350.org

Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Organizer

Jessica Smith (Gidagaakoons) is a proud LGBTQ Two-Spirit member of the Bois Forte Band of The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Jessica is a survivor of many forms of violence, all of which have been a driving force for her to make the changes she wants to see in the world. At MN350, she is fighting to make clear the correlations between Missing and Murdered Indigenous people, environmental justice, pollution, and climate change. Her work involves pipeline resistance, legal advocacy, victim advocacy, and building awareness among the general public about the connection between violence against indigenous people and violence against the land and water.

Jessica is a dedicated legal advocate for social and systemic change. She is committed to helping her people by using her experiences and trauma to fight for justice, and for the safety, well-being, and equality of all people and for the preservation of  land and water. Jessica is currently studying for her Masters in Tribal Governance and Administration and plans on attending law school to further fight for her people, land and water. There are many issues that affect Indigenous communities and Jessica works fiercely to combat threats to traditional lifestyles and culture. She believes that we come from the land, we are the land, and we must fight for the caretakers of the land and water.

Contact: jessica@mn350.org

Grant Stevensen, Interim Organizing Director

Grant Stevensen has three decades of experience as an organizer and as a pastor. He has worked in his home state of Minnesota and also in Taiwan, Papua New Guinea, and  in Lithuania.

He has felt an urgency about the climate crisis for decades but it has become more poignant over the last four years with the birth of two grandchildren.  “We live in contentious times but hard to imagine what we are fighting about when the climate that sustains everything we know and love is in peril”.

Grant is passionate about teaching people to identify their own deepest hopes, fears, dreams and anger and connecting that with other people’s deepest hopes, fears, dreams and anger. It is the essence of organizing across geography, race, class and gender.

Grant is married to Karen and they live in St. Paul with their dog Sasha.  As often as possible they take off on the motorcycle and drive across both the United States and Canada and one time through Mexico, Central America, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru.  He is hoping an electric motorcycle with fantastic range is in his future.

Contact: Grant@mn350.org

Sonita van der Leeuw, Transportation Organizer

Sonita (she/her) joined MN350 in November of 2022 as a Transportation Organizer. Growing up in Minnesota, she brings with her a passion for learning and educating others on clean energy solutions that will lead us towards a healthier future for the planet. After gaining a degree in Environmental Sustainability and Resilience at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, Sonita worked with the Iowa Environmental Council to help implement clean energy initiatives at a local level. She is excited to continue organizing and advocating for sustainable and equitable climate solutions, and ensuring that the intersectionality that lies within the environmental movement is brought into her work. Sonita enjoys rollerblading, hiking, and entertaining her cat Juniper.

Contact: Sonita@mn350.org