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.
Hava Blair is the Program Coordinator for 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 for 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.
Anna Cich is a Research and Policy Intern for Minnesota Brownfields. Anna graduated from Carleton College with a degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. As an intern, she has created a video to highlight the upcoming Bunge Tower redevelopment and is contributing research to the annual Benefits of Brownfield Redevelopment Report. Anna is interested in how built spaces might promote sustainable resource use, physical and mental health, and community. Anna can be reached at (612) 481-4913 or via email.
Isaac Evans is a second-year Masters of Public Policy student at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. There, he is focusing his studies on energy policy and sustainable development. As a Research and Policy Intern for Minnesota Brownfields, Isaac supports the organization’s collaborative efforts with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency related to the offsite reuse of marginally contaminated soil. He also is leading the research and design of educational programming on topics connected to sustainable brownfield redevelopment such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, storm-water management, and green remediation. In his free time he enjoys almost anything related to food, soccer, and the outdoors. Isaac can be reached at (952) 457-0932 or via email.
Ben Townsend is currently a student at Macalester College, where he studies Geography and Urban Studies. Ben is a Research and Policy Intern for Minnesota Brownfields. His main focus is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to provide support and map production for a variety of projects. What he finds interesting about brownfields is how brownfield redevelopment can revitalize neighborhoods and provide affordable housing. He also is interested in how brownfield redevelopment can create a strong impact on improving community healthy. Ben can be reached via email