Our Leadership Team 

The DFL Environmental Caucus is an official caucus of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (DFL) We operate under a constitution approved by the DFL, which you can refer to here : DFL Environmental Caucus Constitution.  


The Official Email Address of the Caucus is DFLEnvironmentalCaucus@gmail.com


The mailing address is : 

Minnesota Environmental Caucus 

P.O. Box 113

Savage, MN 55378


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Veda Kanitz, Chair

Veda is a Climate advocate with Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), one of the founders of the DFL Environmental Caucus, lives in CD2, LFE, Sierra club, RHS science, Grandma.  She lives in Lakeville.

Rich Updegrove, Vice Chair

Rich is a union member, teacher and father.  He lives in Duluth.


Lawrence Sandoval, Treasurer

Lawrence is our diligent and careful treasurer, making sure we grow, watch and use our money as intended.

Karl Forsberg Outreach Chair

Karl reaches out within the DFL and out in the broader community to invite cooperation with other groups, caucuses and welcome folks to join and partner with us.

Kristin Larsen Secretary/Chair

Speaking about the beloved St. Louis River and its tributary the Cloquet River Kristin addressing the group at Jay Cooke State Park

Board Member Lorraine Rovig

I'm a Minnesota-Wisconsin woman, who moved back to MN after I retired. Currently I serve as past president on the Northfield Garden Club board, as a delegate to the Rice County Central Committee, as Precinct Chair of Ward 1 Precinct 2 in Northfield, am an active church member, longtime member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, member of the Metro Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, active in Citizens Climate Lobby-Northfield, and I'm a gardener of things I can eat. I love my siblings, finding something new, nature walks, dark chocolate, slow cooking, and, quite often, have been accused of being a bookworm. I'm convinced now is the time for all good men and women to work on reducing Climate Change while fixing what's putting our democracy at risk.

John Wells, Endorsement Committee Chair and Legislative Director

John with Veda at the State Fair.

Executive Committee Members

Philip Adam – CD3

Lawrence Baker - CD4

Megan Bond – CD8

Barbara Crow - CD8

Barb Courneya – CD6

Matthew Doll - CD4

Heidi Edmonson – CD2

Karl Forsberg - CD2

Allen Frechette – CD2

Andy Hillebregt - CD6

Steve Johnson – CD4

Veda Kanitz - CD2

Greg Laden - CD3

Kristin Larsen - CD8

Ann Mozey - CD6

Jennifer McEwen- CD8
Lorraine Rovig – CD2

Lawrence Sandoval - CD2

Sandy Sandoval – CD2

Rich Updegrove - CD8

John Wells - CD2

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