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.

For questions about the Young Professional Council, please contact Brenda Price at


Current Members

Desiree Batista Dan Black Mila Kellen Marshall
Alison Anastasio Andrea Pine Steven Navas
Brian Arnoldt Katie Hanson Timothy Oravec
Claire Bansberg Ian Hughes Manny Ozaeta
Paige Bonk Ian Jacobson Matt Renfree
Ned Bothfeld Sarah Edwards (co-chair) Dan Sloboda
Nicole Machucha Chad Kruse (co-chair) Katie Levin
Beau D’Arcy David Kurczewski Melissa Speaker

The Chicago Young Professional Council 2018 grant applications are now open! Read more about the grants and the application process here.


Current Members

Karlton Laster Allison Lukacsy- Love Rachel Williams
Stephanie Bencin Anne Roberto Mary Barnwell
Jason Guyer Jacob Charles Sinatra Hunter Scott
Elizabeth Ajadi Selina Pagan Carrie Pinney
Brenna Davis Ethan Goodman Selby Majewski
Kendrick Chittock Miklos Nadas Stacey Yanetta
Laura Perme