February 11, 2022

MN350 names Tee McClenty as new Executive Director

After an extensive search, MN350 is pleased to announce the hiring of Tee McClenty as Executive Director. McClenty joins our organization even as Minnesota faces a dire need to move with more urgency to dismantle the oppressive, extractive systems that led to the climate crisis and to close our state’s racial gaps in wealth, health, education and more.

“Decisions on climate change need to be transparent and accountable and participated in and led by BIPOC communities,” said McClenty, who started Monday. “We must move to a society where low-income, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color no longer suffer disproportionately from the irresponsible stewardship that we all contribute to.”

McClenty brings to her new role experience in executive leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, and team development. Most recently she held a leadership position at NorthPoint Health and Wellness, where she managed a budget of more than $1 million and contributed to increasing the diversity of the organization’s Outreach Navigators. McClenty also has served as Executive Director of the Minnesota School Employees Association and as Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

“My experience will support MN350 in expanding our work and reaching even more BIPOC communities through deep engagement.” McClenty said. “We will continue to work to create a robust organization that is inclusive of all communities of color.”

MN350 has grown dramatically in the past three years, reflecting the importance more and more Minnesotans place on protecting our climate. McClenty has set a priority to continue that growth, to unleash the power of MN350’s sizable supporter base and to build new power in key communities and geographies throughout Minnesota.

“We know that the effects of the climate crisis fall heaviest on the communities that have contributed to them the least. MN350 has always pushed for the justice part of climate justice. Our work as an organization is helping every corner of the state and every official to understand that there is no climate justice without racial justice. I want to see our elected officials take a more aggressive approach to improving our response to climate change in Minnesota. I want to see our state reducing our carbon emissions and setting emissions standards that are equitable for all communities.”