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Kristin Mroz (she/her)
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Natural Resource Management, Kristin provided environmental education in Nicaragua as a Peace Corps volunteer before working as the Environmental Coordinator at the City of Elk River and the Local Government Coordinator (and GreenStep Cities co-director) at the Environmental Quality Board. Today, Kristin is the GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations Coordinator with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), supporting Minnesota communities with assistance and recognition in the GreenStep program. Kristin is also a member of the GreenStep Schools (K-12) steering committee and is co-chair of the Sustainable States Network.
Lola is the vice president of communities at the Great Plains Institute (GPI), working on sustainable communities and energy efficiency, providing strategic direction, fundraising, and facilitation. Lola has over 35 years of experience in energy policy and community energy initiatives. She has extensive background in bringing diverse groups of people together to craft energy policy and implement projects in networks, coalitions, and working teams. For example, she was one of the founders of the Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and of the GreenStep Cities program. She is one of the founders of the Sustainable States Network, of which GreenStep Cities is a partner, and has managed the network since 2019. Previous to joining GPI, she was the Energy Program Director at the Minnesota Project, where she led the energy policy and coalition work and numerous other projects, including community sustainability, waste management, recycling, household hazardous waste management and waste reduction. Previous to her work with the Minnesota Project, she was the Executive Director of the Self-Reliance Center (now the Sustainable Resources Center), running community-based energy efficiency and conservation programs in Minneapolis neighborhoods. Lola has a BA in biology from Hampshire College.
Eliza Messinger (she/her)
Eliza Messinger is GreenStep Cities and Tribal Nations' GreenCorps member for the 2023-2024 service term! She will support GreenStep participants with the tools, training, and assistance needed to take local climate and sustainability action and work to further scale efforts by engaging with the wider community. Previously, Eliza was the Criminal Expungement Program Manager and Resource Attorney at Volunteer Lawyers Network in Minneapolis. In the last few years, she became passionate about sustainability and is excited for the opportunity to explore careers in this area through her GreenCorps service term. Fun Fact: Eliza likes to knit but has too many sweaters, so she is now learning how to mend and upcycle clothes.