RE-AMP names Lee Helgen as Network Coordinator
RE-AMP Network CEO Scott Cooper announced today that Lee Helgen is joining the staff of RE-AMP as its Network Coordinator. Helgen is a former St. Paul City Council member and most recently served as the Executive Director of Envision Minnesota, a long-time RE-AMP member organization focused on advocating for smart growth policies and providing technical assistance to promote sustainable land use practices at the community level.
RE-AMP is a network of over 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy. RE-AMP brings environmental, labor, faith, youth, energy, conservation and other groups together to share one audacious goal: to reduce regional global warming emissions 80% (from 2005 levels) by 2050. The Network has used systems analysis to inform its strategic approach to help solve the biggest energy challenges in the Midwest. As the Network Coordinator, Helgen will be responsible for managing Network operations, supporting RE-AMP’s Working Groups and Steering Committee, and serving as part of the core leadership team along with the Network CEO.
“We’re incredibly excited to have Lee Helgen join the RE-AMP team in this important leadership role,” said RE-AMP Network CEO Scott Cooper. “He is widely respected in the community as an advocate for sustainability, and he has the leadership and management skills needed to help RE-AMP reach its goals.”
Recently, Helgen led Envision Minnesota (formerly known as 1000 Friends of Minnesota) through a successful merger with the Great Plains Institute (another RE-AMP member organization), which resulted in expanding the Great Plains Institute’s capacity to promote sustainability best practices at the community level and strengthening the Minnesota Green Steps Cities program. During his eight years on the City Council in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Helgen provided extensive leadership in promoting sustainability policies at the community and regional levels. He initiated the Sustainable Saint Paul effort which contributed to Saint Paul becoming recognized as one of the top twenty “Greenest Cities” in America. He led the effort to promote green building design guidelines, substantially increasing the number of LEED certified buildings in Saint Paul and across the region. Helgen’s previous experience also includes managing two statewide associations of local government professionals focused on influencing state and federal policy related to workforce development and public health.
Helgen has a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University.
The RE-AMP Network has a focused agenda directed at: restricting dirty coal; advancing clean renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon policy; and making progress in the transportation sector. RE-AMP facilitates the strategic collaboration of its members to organize, develop and analyze policy, advocate, and conduct research that will advance the Network’s collective goals. RE-AMP staff supports the work of member organizations to advance their shared agenda through five regional workgroups and caucuses. Key Network supports include a centralized on-line learning community and $2-3 million in grants each year for member and collaborative projects.
RE-AMP is announcing two positions in our administrative team, working directly with Network CEO Scott Cooper in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.
The first position we are seeking is for the full-time position of Administrative Assistant (position description). Primary duties of this position include database management, grants administration, communications with member organizations, and clerical and administrative support.
The Community Manager (position description) is responsible for developing and supporting strong relationships and good internal communication within the RE-AMP network. This position facilitates orientations, engagement, member services, discussion and collaboration among members and manages the RE-AMP Commons website.