Michaela Neu (she/her/hers) is the Project Coordinator for Green Minneapolis as of April 2022, working to enhance the vitality of Minneapolis by bringing public and private entities together to build urban green infrastructure. Michaela oversees Green Minneapolis’ projects including Peavey Plaza, Hennepin/Lyndale Crossroads, and the Twin Cities Climate Resiliency Initiative, a twenty year program to expand the Twin Cities urban tree canopy, funded in part by the first urban tree canopy carbon off-set program in Minnesota.
Prior to Green Minneapolis, Michaela spent 10 years with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization where she was a youth and community outreach specialist, contributing to the expansion and effectiveness of the MWMO’s outreach efforts. She also worked to implement the Mississippi River Green Team, a youth conservation and employment program coordinated in partnership with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Through her work with the team, Michaela emerged as a leader in local efforts to develop pathways to diversify the Twin Cities’ environmental workforce.
Michaela is a native of St. Cloud, Minnesota and has called Minneapolis home since she began studies at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in 2008, where she obtained a B.S. in Geography and a M.S. in Natural Resources Science and Management. Michaela lives with her wife Molly and their dog Fern in Northeast Minneapolis.