OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our mission is advised and advanced by our Board of Directors, a diverse group of skilled and experienced advocates for system-wide solutions. Our Directors are people who are making good change (and “good trouble”)  in this world despite the barriers present in it. 

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Stacie Renné

Chair

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Will Munger

Director

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Kristine Piasecki

Secretary

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Mark Plemel

Director

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Yael Ikoba

Treasurer

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Russel Opatz

Director

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Janet Kennedy

Assistant Treasurer

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Greg Gilbert

Director & Co-founder

OUR COMMITTEES

We value community input and guidance, therefore, we invite community to be part of our processes and organization. Our committees consist of community members who are interested in supporting our organization's mission and vision and who want to take action to help shape the process and bring about change. 

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2022 Steering Committee Community Members

(Actual photos coming soon...pending approval of committee members.)

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Archie
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Amber
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Ida
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Louisa
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John
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Brett
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Wendy
 

The image above is from our 2022 Community Engagement Summit.  Graphic Recording Illustration by community member Nelle Rhicard of ReFrame Ideas

OUR HISTORY

In the spring of 2019 local attorney, housing advocate and former city councilor Greg Gilbert joined forces with green building expert and climate justice advocate Rachel Wagner to address the community's compounding problems of a persistent housing shortage, systemic wealth inequities, and the need for much more action regarding the climate crisis. Recognizing that these problems were not mutually exclusive, they began to discuss mutually inclusive solutions. They found common ground in the tenets outlined in the proposed Green New Deal, and utilized this concept to devise an integrated, community-wide, equitable approach to housing development, economic opportunity and climate mitigation. 

 

Green New Deal Housing is a Minnesota State nonprofit corporation. 

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Co-Founder
Greg Gilbert

Greg Gilbert is an attorney and former Duluth City Councilor. For more than 30 years he has advised community organizations, the non-profit sector and small businesses. He is committed to creating nimble and innovative solutions to remedy entrenched systemic problems facing communities, especially those with historic disinvestment.

Rachel Wagner

Co-Founder & Interim Executive Director

Rachel Wagner

Rachel Wagner is a designer, educator, and social entrepreneur who has worked in the area of green building for over 20 years. An acknowledged “building energy geek,” she is recognized for her expertise in sustainable housing. She now applies her skills to the intersections of design, education, climate change mitigation, and social justice.