Nature Conservancy Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota
Apr 20, 2021
Ann Mulholland
Nature Conservancy Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota

Ann Mulholland is Chapter Director for the The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

“Climate change and protecting our lands and waters—these are the big challenges of our time and I look forward to working tirelessly on them with our partners. The Nature Conservancy is an incredible organization, with the ability to make a significant impact both locally and globally.“

Mulholland reviously worked as executive vice president of the St. Paul & Minnesota Foundation, Minnesota’s largest community foundation, will begin working for TNC again on March 23. She previously served as deputy mayor in St. Paul, as a Minnesota-based marketing director for TNC, founded a family-owned local consulting business and worked as communications manager for General Mills.

Mulholland says she’s particularly excited about TNC’s efforts to help protect and restore the Mississippi River’s headwaters and its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

“The Mississippi River and the lands surrounding it provide clean drinking water to 44 percent of all Minnesotans. The river is an economic engine in the state and a haven for fish and wildlife. We must protect it for present and future generations.

“And we must build a larger and more inclusive community for conservation. We cannot make a difference if we’re not open and welcoming to people with different experiences and perspectives.”

Originally from Ohio, Mulholland developed her love of nature after moving to Minnesota in 1991. It was here that she was introduced by her husband Steve Cerkvenik to fishing, camping, harvesting wild rice and the Boundary Waters.

Mulholland resides in St. Paul with her husband. They have four daughters: Sofia (24), Mary (22), Frankie (20) and Ruth (17). Mulholland says whenever she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and at their cabin on the Iron Range.