Director of Program Development & Community Outreach
Executive Director, Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation
Charlene Vrieze advances the interests of Minnesota cooperatives through education, advocacy, and outreach. She is also responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing the activities and programs of the Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation. Vrieze has 14 years’ legislative experience, including as a policy adviser to several senior Wisconsin legislators on the Joint Committee on Finance, which determines the state’s budget. She has received awards from the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans’ Affairs for her legislative achievements.
Charlene is based in Cooperative Network's St. Paul office.