Natalie Brown is the Interim Executive Director for Minnesota Brownfields. After nearly five years away in Georgia and Washington, DC, Natalie returned to Minnesota in 2021 and brings previous experience in brownfield redevelopment, neighborhood and urban planning, and equitable community engagement.
Natalie most recently worked as an urban planner for the City of Alexandria, Virginia where she involved neighborhood communities in the planning process, managed contracts, wrote reports, and prepared graphic and written materials based upon research. She also worked on initial planning and engagement for a decommissioned power plant on the shore of the Potomac River and on a rails-to-trails conversion to a linear park. Natalie worked as Minnesota Brownfields Program Coordinator and then its Program Manager from 2014- 2017 and is looking forward to reconnecting with the organization’s partners.
In her free time, Natalie enjoys running and biking the many trails that Minnesota has to offer, and has recently taken up pottery. She has a Masters in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies and GIS from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Natalie can be reached at 612.217.0205 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Heidi Timm Bijold is the Chief Professional Officer for Minnesota Brownfields. Heidi launched her own consulting business, HTB Project Navigation LLC, in Duluth 2019. She manages projects for large and small business, public agencies, units of government and nonprofit organizations. She secured certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute in 2019.
Heidi’s career in business development spans almost 40 years when she moved to Duluth in 1983. She worked with a series of small business organizations before being hired by the University of Wisconsin – Superior in 1989 to study, start up and direct a business incubation program that continues to serve entrepreneurs today as the Superior Business Center. She served on the boards of both state and national incubation organizations.
Following, Heidi worked at the City of Duluth for over 21 years during which she worked on many complex, high-profile development projects with the business community. During that time she secured and administered over $36 million in grant funding for both private and public projects. Much of her work revolved around brownfield remediation and redevelopment, which earned her the moniker “Dirty Dirt Girl”. She received the Paul Hyde award from Minnesota Brownfields in 2015, and is recently completed her second term on its Board of Directors where she also serves on its Membership Committee. Heidi can be reached at 218.348.8754 or via email at email@example.com.
Amy Beckham is the Vice President of The Sapphyre Group, LLC, the new management team for Minnesota Brownfields. Amy and her business partner, Darlyne Erickson, launched their own firm in 2016 after years of working together in the non-profit arena. Amy manages non-profit organizations of every size and orchestrates events and conferences for them to the benefit of their members and partners. In 2020 she secured her certification in Virtual Event and Meeting Management and went on to produce a virtual event on average of every other day in 2020 for over 15,000 people. Amy loves a challenge and 2020 did not disappoint.
Amy’s career spans over 20 years in non-profit work and was launched when she had the most questions at a board meeting of which she was a member. The Sapphyre Group team is small but mighty, with staff members covering many areas of expertise from marketing to member management to contract administration. She is very excited to work with MNB and learn more about the reuse and redevelopment areas around us.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys traveling, is a voracious reader, and working on the vintage camper she and her husband of 32 years are renovating.