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Johanna Kertesz has worked at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the last 9 years coordinating the State of Minnesota’s Sustainable Procurement Program, a partnership with the State’s Department of Administration. Johanna assists the state with making purchases that demonstrate the highest level of environmental, social, and economic responsibility. The State of Minnesota is a Founding Member of the SPLC and Johanna has participated on several SPLC committees, including as a member of the current Benchmarking committee and as chair of the Technical Advisory Committee. Johanna holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a masters degree from San Francisco State University. She never imagined that her marine ecology training would lead her to a rewarding career in sustainable government procurement in a landlocked state.