The next generation of Great Lakes leaders joined together to give back to the lakes.

Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Young Professional Council aims to engage the next generation of Great Lakes leaders. The flagship council began in Chicago in 2016, and a second council has since started in Cleveland in 2017.  The Alliance plans to expand the Young Professional Council further and develop chapters in other Great Lakes cities. Council members are chosen for their leadership and organizational skills, as well as a desire to make a tangible, positive difference in their community and the Great Lakes.

If you have questions about the Chicago YPC please contact Tyrone Dobson at If you have question about the Cleveland YPC please contact Destinee Henton at


Current Members

Melissa Anson Claire Bansberg, Co-Chair Amanda Battles
Paige Bonk Delilah Clement Ruta Deshpande
Caitlin Dillon Danny Drees Kathryn Dugal
Ele Edreva Katie Hanson Liz Hartnett
Kevin Lardner Mila Marshall Tim Oravec, Co-Chair
Nate Prescott Dan Sloboda Ben Tiemann
Shelby Walchuk

Read about groups and organizations that have received grants from the Chicago Young Professional Council.


Current Members

Vanessa Consolo Joseph King Alexander Roth
Devonta Dickey Karlton Laster Jordyn Stoll
Meghan Gewerth Selby Majewski Keely Veatch
Lisa Green Amanda Pfriem Amanda Wagner
Christopher Hoey Anne Roberto David Zelasko