ALUMNA TO LEAD MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
Last week, Sarah Strommen MEM’99 was appointed as the new commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Gov. Tim Walz. Sarah, who has served as the department’s assistant commissioner for parks, trails, fish and wildlife for the past four years, will lead the agency’s 2,700 employees and oversee its two-year budget of $1.1 billion. Read more>
UNDERGRAD ALUM SWORN INTO WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE
Sharon Shewmake T’02 was sworn into the Washington State Legislature on Monday. Sharon, an Environmental Science and Policy alumna who is now an associate professor at Western Washington University, represents the 42nd legislative district in the state’s House of Representatives. Sharon listed leadership on climate change at the top of her platform and defeated a four-term incumbent.
MEM ALUMNA NAMED GRAND VALLEY STATE’S SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR
Yumiko Chattulani Jakobcic MEM’08 was named the new sustainability director at Grand Valley State University. Yumi had served as the university’s campus sustainability coordinator until taking over her new role on Jan. 1. Read more>