Joined March 1999
Mark Redsten, President & CEO, provides vision and guidance to Clean Wisconsin’s team as they work to advance environmental policy with far-reaching impacts throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. During his 20-year tenure, Redsten has led a staff that includes government relations, legal, policy, and science professionals, as well as a media, development and outreach team. The team’s expertise and professionalism has earned Clean Wisconsin the distinction of being voted the most-effective environmental group by policymakers in Wisconsin.
In addition, Redsten helped transform the work and identity of the organization, giving the organization a new, more recognizable name and logo, and a focus on tangible outcomes for clean air, clean water and clean energy solutions in Wisconsin.
To that end, the organization has been part of substantial clean air, water and energy victories. Notable examples include the passage of the Great Lakes Compact; policies that significantly reduce mercury pollution in Wisconsin; a PSC decision to deny the construction permit for a new coal plant on the Mississippi River; a legal settlement that created the Fund for Lake Michigan; and groundbreaking rules to reduce phosphorus pollution in Wisconsin’s waterways.
Redsten was appointed by Governor Evers to the Governor’s Agriculture, Energy and Natural Resources Policy Advisory Council. He was also appointed by County Executive Joe Parisi to serve on Dane County’s Solid Waste and Recovery Commission, Clear Lakes Task Force, and Dane County Council on Climate Change.
Redsten chairs the boards of Cool Choices, and the Fund for Lake Michigan. He also serves on the Board of Advisors to UW Institute for Population Health, and the Board of Visitors for Madison’s LaFollette High School.
Prior to joining Clean Wisconsin, Redsten worked in the private sector for 12 years in product marketing and management. He is a graduate of the UW-Madison School of Business. Redsten lives in Madison with his wife, Peggy, and is the father of Oliver and Genevieve.
Favorite thing to do outdoors in Wisconsin: Canoeing down the lower Wisconsin River and camping along its shores.