Emma Greenman is a long-time organizer. She developed her early interest in politics working on Senator Paul Wellstone’s 2002 campaign. She earned her law degree at Berkeley and a masters in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. For over 15 years Greenman has worked on democracy and election law issues as an attorney, a policy expert and a political advocate.
Greenman began her career as a public defender where she stood against the over-incarceration of Black, Brown and Indigenous Minnesotans. Currently, she works as Director of Voting Rights and Democracy for the Center for Popular Democracy fighting against voter suppression and disenfranchisement. She serves on the board of the American Constitution Society – Minneapolis-St. Paul Lawyer Chapter and as a member of the Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board. Greenman also served as pro bono counsel to the ACLU-Minnesota on voting rights litigation and the Minnesota Land Trust on conservation litigation.
Emma Greenman on fossil fuel infrastructure:
“I oppose Line 3 and agree with the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s analysis that it is not needed. We must honor the sovereignty of tribal nations and include the interests and voices of communities impacted by these projects in the process.
“Our dependence on fossil fuels is fueling the climate crisis and we need to move quickly to a 100% clean and renewable energy economy. We need to end the use of fossil fuels, and the infrastructure that ties us to the extractive industries, by aggressively transitioning to a clean energy economy. As a state representative, I will support the necessary investments in deep decarbonization, including electric vehicles, quality public mass transit, electrifying heating, and energy efficiency to ensure we leave the fossil fuels in the ground and replace it with clean renewable, carbon neutral energy sources. Like with coal, we need to shift the economy argument and demand away from fossil fuels and to an equitable clean energy future.”