Mayor Betsy Hodges Hires Policy Aide for Sustainability
Stephanie Zawistowski to focus on Mayor’s effort to make Minneapolis a zero-waste city
April 1, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges today announced that she has hired Stephanie Zawistowski as a policy aide in her office to work on sustainability policy, including plans to make Minneapolis a zero-waste city, which Mayor Hodges promoted in her campaign for mayor last year.
“Minneapolis has long led the nation on sustainability, and we will continue to do so,” Mayor Hodges said. “Stephanie’s professional, academic and organizing experience in joining sustainability and economic growth are the perfect credentials for continuing to move this work forward. I’m particularly pleased that she will spearhead a plan with the City Council and the Public Works Department to make Minneapolis a zero-waste city, which is an important priority for City Council members and me.”
Stephanie Zawistowski comes to the Mayor’s office from Best Buy, where she has worked the past three years managing the company’s ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System (EMS). During her time there, Best Buy became the first retailer to certify all of its U.S. operations to this international standard for environmental management. Prior to that role, Zawistowski served as the National Field Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, a national coalition of environmental organizations and labor unions that advocates for  building a cleaner, fairer and more competitive American economy, an organization that she helped launch. She holds a Bachelor’s in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Zawistowski will start later this month. Mayor Hodges will also announce later this month her hire for a policy aide who will focus on economic development and opportunity.

Published Apr 1, 2014