Anna Henderson serves as the global warming program officer for the Morgan Family Foundation, where she has primary responsibilities for working with nonprofit grantseekers in Minnesota, evaluating proposals and grant results, and serving as a liaison and information source on global warming issues. She started her career as a climate scientist in academic research where she focused on understanding ancient periods of climate change that could help us to predict and better understand the potential impacts of future climate warming on the Midwest. Driven by the urgency of the issue, she transitioned her career to bridge science and policymaking. She was an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in Minnesota Senator Franken’s office where she worked on clean energy and agriculture policy. She then returned to Minnesota to manage the development of a state climate action plan for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board, a board made up of the commissioners of state agencies working on economics and the environment and citizen members. She then served as the water advisor to Gov. Mark Dayton and Lt. Gov. Tina Smith. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a fellow at the Institute on the Environment. Anna has a PhD from the University of Minnesota Earth and Environmental Sciences Department and a BA from Brown University. Anna lives in Saint Paul with her family. She loves to ride her bike on roads, forest trails, and is learning to mountain bike.
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