People over politics
Ideas over ideology
I grew up in southwestern Minnesota and, being surrounded by wind turbines, started thinking about how we could power our world more sustainably. I attended University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in vocal music, until a five-hundred year flood swept my car away. I decided then that there were probably enough opera singers in the world, but not enough people fighting climate change, and specifically for one of the most important tools in addressing it, nuclear energy. I applied for graduate school. While earning my Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership, I worked for TakeAction MN, organizing to fight for paid family leave and a living wage, and upon graduation, fought to protect the healthcare of nurses as an organizer with the Minnesota Nurses Association. While I loved that job, I couldn’t deny my passion for the environment, taking vacation days to attend the Paris Climate Talks in 2015. It was there that I began the pro-nuclear environmental organizing that became Generation Atomic, the non-profit I run as Executive Director. Leading this organization has given me a bird’s eye view of the interplay between communities, businesses, and politicians, and I’m excited to leverage that perspective to the benefit of Falcon Heights. In my spare time I enjoy singing opera, mountain biking, and brewing kombucha.
With my experience running a clean energy nonprofit, I've had opportunities to bring together activists, businesses, and politicians towards mutual solutions. I want to use that experience to benefit the citizens of Falcon Heights.
I believe that by listening to the issues that are important to residents and investigating evidence based solutions, we can bring a brighter future for all of us.
Mark Miazga, Falcon Heights City Councilor
Yakasah Wehyee, Falcon Heights City Councilor