St. Louis, MO: MCE is thrilled to introduce Jared Opsal as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective March 30, 2021. In this role, Opsal brings a personal passion to the environmental movement, as well as 19 years of professional experience, with 11 of those years spent working in the nonprofit sector. He previously served as the Executive Director of Givable, a nonprofit organization empowering individuals, families, and businesses to incorporate a giving rhythm into their lifestyles that provide a positive impact in the local community. Within that role, he recently launched a new region-wide giving campaign, STL 50/50 Charity Raffle, to support charitable causes in the St. Louis region.
Opsal was also the Executive Director of the St. Louis Downtown Neighborhood Association, which under his leadership became an impactful community organization that advocated on behalf of the residents and small businesses in Downtown St. Louis. Furthermore, Opsal has been involved in various public health initiatives at the local and state level related to preventing tobacco use among youth and curbing the opioid epidemic. “I am thrilled to be joining a team full of bright and dedicated individuals who are working to serve the people of Missouri,” said Opsal. “The intersection of environmental issues and social justice has come into focus for many people, and MCE must continue addressing the years of environmental racism that have negatively affected BIPOC communities, in addition to working on long standing environmental concerns.”
“MCE is very excited to have Jared lead the organization in this new chapter. He brings professional experience founding a nonprofit, working for and leading community organizations, advocating with elected officials at the state and local level, and directing efforts to develop diverse coalitions,” Board President Kally Coleman said. “His determination, experiences, and passion for the environment make him the ideal person to lead MCE forward at this exciting time in our history.”
Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE) is Missouri’s independent, citizens’ environmental organization for clean water, clean air, clean energy, and a healthy environment.
We are a trusted, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) state-level environmental advocacy organization, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a state-wide partner supporting allied organizations and initiatives around the state. We deliver vital information to thousands of Missourians on issues that affect our water, air, food, health, and the environment.