Our MN350 Campaign Strategy Group and Coordination Council volunteers are trusted and qualified to make important organizational decisions. Together with staff, they participate in planning and campaign-coordinating, and ensure that the organization is healthy, fulfilling its stated mission and has the capacity to achieve its goals. In the spirit of 350.org’s “open organizing”, the group’s mandate is to find innovative ways to empower volunteers and staff.
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.
Carolyn was moved to take action against climate change by Bill McKibben’s Do the Math tour in the fall of 2012. She feels privileged to be able to help guide MN350 as it grows in size and influence. Professionally, she is an attorney currently working for the State of Minnesota. She loves to fish and generally spend time near or in the water. She has two adult children.
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.
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.”
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 and then Education and Community Outreach leader for MN350, Brian 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 advertising. Through education, organizing and action we can move forward to balance the place of humankind on earth.
Mr. Pilot is a proud enrolled member of Ho-Chunk Nation. Robert has an all Native American homeroom. He teaches Video Production and Co-Teaches Harding’s Award winning Drumline. Robert is Producer and Host of Native Roots Radio “I’m Awake” on AM950, Saturdays from 2-3pm.
Mr. Pilot graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Career Tech Ed. He began teaching at Harding High School in 1996. Mr. Pilot is married with two beautiful adult twin daughters. His passions include being a musician, protecting water and burial sites in Minnesota and across the country. Robert was a water protector at Standing Rock 3 times. The first time he camped at Standing Rock was with MN350’s sponsored student trip.
Akilah got involved with MN350 through fighting tar sands oil pipelines in 2014, and now serves on the MN350 Coordinating Council. She works for MN350’s partner organization, the Power Shift Network, to activate the collective power of young people for climate justice and a future in which all communities, especially those historically exploited by the fossil fuel industry and colonial extraction, can thrive. Akilah grew up in New Mexico, and brings a desert kid’s understanding of the importance of water – and of what the driest places stand to lose if we keep burning fossil fuels. When she’s not working to thwart Enbridge, she enjoys hiking, watching documentaries about elephants, and petting her cats.
Mahyar Sorour is a member of the MN350 Coordinating Committee. She is an Iranian-American who grew up in Arden Hills, 20 minutes outside of the cities in the northern suburbs of Saint Paul. Mahyar attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she studied Biology, Society and the Environment, and minored in Public Health.
The intersection of health and environmental justice was introduced to Mahyar when she worked on engaging communities on the HERC garbage incinerator – a fossil fuel facility that continues to have a disastrous impact on the air quality in that community; a community almost exclusively of low-income people and people of color. She comes to this works as a grassroots organizer who hopes to achieve environmental justice in a way that is inclusive and offers transparency to the communities that bear the greatest impact of environmental racism.
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