Through our Vital Forests/Vital Communities (VFVC) initiative, we work in partnership with others to develop and implement strategies that promote the connection between a healthy forest-based economy, a healthy forest ecosystem and healthy communities.
We use this blog to keep you updated on all things related to the initiative. The blog authors:
I have been working as Director of the Blandin Foundation’s Public Policy & Engagement Program since the fall of 2001, when I moved to Grand Rapids after completing a a second Masters Degree in Public Policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute. I spent most of the decade before that living in working in Moscow, Russia, first as a diplomat and then as a foot soldier in the effort to help build civil society after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
My work in community, and at the Blandin Foundation, is guided by the wise words of Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” I recently completed a Masters at the Center for Advocacy and Political Leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I am a proud native of Grand Rapids – a bandwidth and natural resource rich community in Northern Minnesota.