Charissa Verdoorn, Outreach & Policy Manager

As Outreach & Policy Manager, Charissa builds MNIPL’s interfaith climate justice network by facilitating climate conversations and trainings, supporting Climate Justice Congregations to deepen their response to climate change, and leading the Policy and Movement Builder teams. Her goal is to organize and equip MNIPL congregations to take action for climate in practical, systemic, and relational ways that build a just and sustainable world. She is the primary liaison between MNIPL and the 100% Campaign, a coalition focused on getting Minnesota to 100% clean energy by 2050.

Charissa graduated from North Park University in Chicago, IL with degrees in Elementary Education and Spanish. She taught fourth grade at a Spanish Immersion school in Minnesota for three years. In 2016, an opportunity came to move to Cali, Colombia and teach sixth grade English Literature. She loved living abroad; however, her passion for social justice brought her back to Minnesota in 2018, where she worked as a field organizer with the DFL Coordinated Campaign during the midterm election. Charissa is a member and youth mentor at First Covenant Church of St. Paul. She loves combining her faith with her passion for climate, racial, and economic justice. Outside of her work, Charissa enjoys spending time with her husband and cat, traveling, reading, eating hot pretzels, and hiking—preferably in mountains!

She can be reached at [email protected]