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Mark Muller

Program Director


Mark Muller is director of the Mississippi River program at The McKnight Foundation. He has a background in environmental engineering and agricultural policy. Prior to joining McKnight as a program officer in 2013, Muller worked for 14 years at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), an organization that promotes resilient food systems, communities and ecosystems. While at IATP he had a focus on food justice issues and several Mississippi River-related initiatives such as nutrient pollution and barge transportation systems.

Additional experience includes two years as a high school science teacher in New York City, a year of volunteer work in Honduras and Guatemala, and membership on several nonprofit boards and the Wedge Natural Foods Co-op. He has a B.A. in physics from State University at Geneseo, New York, and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College, New York.