Advisory Board

Our inaugural Advisory Board will help inform our organizational priorities to ensure MCAP remains responsive to emerging climate-related issues, help define organizational approaches to center principles of equitable resilience and social equity in all facets of our climate resilience research and practice, and will help further develop our organizational mission and values. Our advisory board members will come from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, practitioners, and recognized leaders in community engagement, climate science and adaptation. Our Advisory Board will also represent a range of partners from federal, state, and local governments, private industry, non-profits, Tribal entities, community organizations, and academia.

Our previous organizational structure included a committee of partners, known as the Conference Committee, who helped plan and coordinate our annual Climate Adaptation Conference. In late 2021 in response to our growing research and capacity building programs, we began the transition to a formal Advisory Board structure to help guide the next phase in organization. Our inaugural Advisory Board will hold its first meeting January, 2022 and will serve a two year term.

Inaugural Advisory Board

Ann Banitt
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
Regional Technical Specialist - Hydrology, Statistics, and Risk
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District 

Kenneth Blumenfeld
Senior Climatologist
Minnesota State Climatology Office
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources 

Leslie Brandt
Supervisory Climate Adaptation Specialist
USDA Forest Service


Patrick Hamilton
Manager of Sustainability Initiatives
Science Museum of Minnesota 

Ariane Laxo
Sustainability Director

Brad Jordahl Redlin
Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

Brian Shekleton
Principal Climate and Resilience Planner
Minnesota Department of Transportation 

Hilarie Sorensen
Climate Biologist
1854 Treaty Authority 

​​​​​​​MCAP Liaison to Minnesota Tribal Environmental Committee (MNTEC)

Sharon Stephens
Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 

Jamie Stroble
Noio Pathways 

Dan Vimont
Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts