Peg Furshong joined CURE in August of 2012. As the Operations & Program Director, Peg is responsible for internal operations including financial systems and budgeting, information technology and managing organizational performance, record management, facilities and risk management. Peg is also focused on building relationships with members and providing educational and experiential opportunities. She was instrumental in the development of the Connecting People with the Outdoors Programs as well as currently leading on the Water Ethic Charter work at CURE.
In January 2016, she was appointed to the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Natural Heritage (CAC), which advises the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ programs on issues related to sustaining the state’s natural heritage and biological diversity. Governor Dayton also appointed her as a Commissioner to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks and Trails Commission for District 3 where she advises on Legacy funding in greater Minnesota.
As an educator throughout most of her professional career, Peg has worked with young adults in higher education – facilitating programs in leadership, civic engagement, sustainability, and diversity. Born and raised in Montana, she came to Minnesota with a love for nature and the values of environmental stewardship. She is a volunteer instructor for the Minnesota Master Naturalist program and has completed the Master Water Steward Certification program. Outside of work, she spends time with her husband and children gardening, biking and enjoying life on the tallgrass prairie in southwestern Minnesota.
Peg holds a M.S. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Information, Process & Communication (IPC) from Montana State University-Billings.