Martha Faust is the Executive Director of Minnesota Brownfields and has been with the organization since 2008. She directs the organization’s overall strategy, programming, partnership initiatives as well as providing support to the Board of Directors, Advisory and other committees. Recent work includes publication of a report quantifying the economic, environmental, and social benefits of brownfield cleanup and reuse. Martha previously worked as a Planner for the City of St. Paul Department of Planning & Economic Development, where she developed a comprehensive plan for the Mississippi River corridor, several neighborhood plans, and the City’s first digital zoning map. Martha holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Economics and French from the University of St. Thomas. In her free time she enjoys kayaking on Burntside Lake in Ely, reading, and traveling around the U.S. and beyond. Martha can be reached at (651) 307-4371 or via email.
Natalie Brown is the Program Manager of Minnesota Brownfields. Natalie’s work with Minnesota Brownfields includes developing, with the Minnesota Department of Health, a tool to incorporate health in brownfield redevelopment planning, updating research on the benefits of brownfield redevelopment throughout Minnesota, managing communications and social media, and presenting at local, state, and national conferences. Before joining Minnesota Brownfields, Natalie served as a Minnesota GreenCorps member with the Rochester Olmsted Planning Department working on alternative transportation education and outreach. From 2011-2013 Natalie worked at the Office of Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Spanish, and GIS. Natalie enjoys being active and is a year-round bike commuter and runner. Natalie can be reached at (612) 545-6389 or via email.
Hava Blair is the Program Coordinator of Minnesota Brownfields. Before joining Minnesota Brownfields, Hava operated a certified organic vegetable farm in Custer, WI. She also served as a Program Manager at Riverview Gardens, a unique urban farm and job-training program developed on the site of a former golf course in Appleton, WI. She earned her BA in Geology from Lawrence University, where she performed research and analysis to support a study of soil lead contamination in urban residential areas. Hava can be reached at (612) 513-4301 or via email.
Joe Mahowald is the Program Associate of Minnesota Brownfields. Joe graduated from Saint John’s University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a focus on energy and environmental policy. His past research has primarily centered on domestic and international energy trends and policies. As a student researcher, Joe attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, where he examined the variables that led to the offshore wind industry in Denmark. In his free time Joe is an avid golfer and enjoys hiking and traveling. Joe can be reached at (651) 328-4402 or via email.
Angela Tangen is the Development Director for Minnesota Brownfields. Angela has over 15 years of experience with advising and supporting non-profit organizations and private funders with philanthropic development. She has served in leadership capacities in the corporate, trade association, political, and non-profit sectors working with teams to collectively raise millions of dollars for various initiatives and campaigns. Angela holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Political Science and Public Administration, and is currently a doctoral candidate at Hamline University. She is an active member in the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Junior League, and several other professional and community organizations. She is an animal advocate and in her free time enjoys hiking with her dogs, golfing, and live music performances. Angela can be reached at (612) 710-0160 or via email.