Winthrop A. Rockwell, longtime partner in Faegre Baker Daniels’ product liability and environmental group, is departing the firm to become the founding executive director of a Minneapolis nonprofit greening conservancy.
Launched by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, the conservancy will help create and sustain parks and green infrastructure to support a thriving, vibrant downtown for residents, workers and visitors.
Rockwell will leave his position with Faegre Baker Daniels after nearly 40 years of service to the firm as a product liability and commercial contract litigator. Throughout his career, he has supported community leadership and civic engagement efforts, serving on the boards of The Great Plains Institute, The Trust for Public Land, The University of Minnesota Joint Degree in Law, Science & Technology, and Generation Climate and the Minneapolis Gateway Committee. He is an advisor to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, as well as the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab.
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Minneapolis community in launching this new greening conservancy,” said Rockwell. “The conservancy will pursue its parks and greening mission in the broad context of an active, safe, sustainable and healthy downtown Minneapolis, putting people first.”
The conservancy will work with public, private and nonprofit partners to envision, fund, plan, program and manage existing and new green infrastructure.
Rockwell will assume his new position July, 1, 2015. For more information, see the Minneapolis Downtown Council’s press release.