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EMILY BARKER (she/her)
Executive Director
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Emily (she/her) joined Reuse Minnesota as Executive Director in August 2021. She believes reuse needs to be an integral part of our public discourse, a focus in strategic planning for businesses, and a larger piece of policy making. 

Prior to coming to Reuse Minnesota, Emily was a solid waste specialist for the City of St. Louis Park where she established a series of share and swap events, championed the deconstruction of city-owned properties, and created a directory of reuse businesses. Emily also spent time at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency where she worked on commercial and state agency recycling and composting and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy where she focused on rural communities and local foods.

Emily has a B.S. in biology from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. Emily enjoys spending time with her husband and their son and traveling to her home state of Montana. She is also a board member and volunteer cashier at Old School thrift shop in Minneapolis. 

Reuse Minnesota was founded in 2012 and is a member-based nonprofit that supports repair, resale, and rental businesses, bringing visibility to the reuse sector as a means to lower our state's impact on the environment.

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