Great Lakes Advisory Board

The Great Lakes Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator, who serves as chair of the federal Interagency Task Force. The federal agencies considered candidates from a broad range of interests including business, agriculture, foundations, environmental justice groups, education organizations, environmental groups, academia and state, local and tribal representatives.

Chair and vice-chair of the board are:

  • David Ullrich, Executive Director – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative
  • Patricia Birkholz, Founder – Great Lakes Legislative Caucus

Other members are:

  • J. David Allan, Professor – University of Michigan
  • Kathryn Buckner, President – Council of Great Lakes Industries
  • Naomi Davis, President – Blacks in Green
  • Molly Flanagan, Program Officer – The Joyce Foundation
  • Steve Galarneau, Director – Office of the Great Lakes, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Jennifer Hill, Field Manager – National Wildlife Federation and Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition
  • Roger Germann, Executive Vice President – John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Bill Hafs, Director of Environmental Programs – Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Michael Isham, Tribal Councilman – Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Government and Chair of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission
  • Simone Lightfoot, Manager of Conservation & Sustainability – NAACP Detroit Branch
  • Joy Mulinex, Director – Public Policy and Great Lakes Land Conservancy Coalition – Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Jim Ridgway, Vice President – Environmental Consulting and Technology, Inc.
  • Joan Rose, Professor – Michigan State University
  • Richard Stewart, Co-Director – Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

Final Reports




Public Comments Received

About Federal Advisory Committees

FACA committees are created to obtain advice on a wide range of environmental issues. Every committee meeting, no matter what the subject matter or where it is held, is dedicated to open government and citizen participation.


Science and Information Subcommittee

SIS will assist the Board in providing ongoing advice on Great Lakes “adaptive management,” the process of learning from past decisions to make more effective future GLRI decisions.