Executive Director, Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation
Director of Program Development & Community Outreach, Cooperative Network
Charlene Vrieze is responsible for developing, coordinating, and managing the activities and programs of the Minnesota Cooperative Education Foundation. She also advances the interests of Minnesota cooperatives through education, advocacy, and outreach through her work with Cooperative Network. 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.