The Alliance is governed by an independent board of directors. Board members provide critical strategic guidance to the organization and represent a wide range of interests and expertise from around the Great Lakes region.

New board members are nominated every year. Directors are limited to two consecutive terms, but can serve again after a lapse of at least one year.

Executive Committee

  • Sue Conatser, Chair
    Motorola Solutions
  • Kathryn Bryk Friedman, Vice Chair – Policy
    University at Buffalo
  • Rachel Schneider, Vice Chair – Development
    Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Frank Washelesky, Treasurer
    Ostrow Reisin Berk & Abrams Ltd.
  • David Schmahl, Secretary
  • Adrienne Dziak, Chair Nominations
    The Nature Conservancy (retired)
  • Joel Brammeier, President & CEO
    Alliance for the Great Lakes


  • Lauren Bigelow
    Growth Capital Network
  • Stephen Brewster
    GCM Grosvenor
  • Claire Castleman
    Eaton Corporation
  • Thomas Denbow
  • Aaron Fershee
  • Quentin James
    The Collective PAC
  • Thomas E. Langmyer
    Great Lakes Media Group
  • Jo-Elle Mogerman, Ph.D.
    Saint Louis Zoo
  • Buzz Patterson
    Keene Advisory Group LLC
  • Jeff Pearsall
    RMB Capital Management
  • Laura Rubin
    Great Lakes Healing Our Waters Coalition
  • Vanessa Tey Iosue
    Burges & Burges Strategists


Lee Botts
James Griffith

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