March 28th, 2019
On March 28, Governor Whitmer announced her appointees to represent Michigan at the Great Lakes Commission, an interstate agency started in 1955 to encourage environmental cooperation, economic development and the thoughtful stewardship of our shared Great Lakes. Governor Whitmer’s appointees include two main delegates and two alternates, and all four come to the role with a focus and history of conservation. Governor Whitmer’s two main appointees are Marc Smith and James Clift, while her alternate designees are Kara Cook and Jennifer McKay. Marc Smith is the current director of conservation partnerships for the National Wildlife Foundation of Michigan, and James Clift is the senior Great Lakes advisor at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Governor Whitmer’s alternate appointees are equally committed to our environment, with Jennifer McKay serving as the policy director for the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council, and Kara Cook serving as Governor Whitmer’s environmental policy advisor, and is a former Michigan LCV staffer. Governor Whitmer’s appointees represent her strong commitment to protecting our Great Lakes and will be excellent representatives of our state to the Great Lakes Commission.