Lisa is the Executive Director of Michigan LCV Education Fund. Her career spans over two decades of environmental and conservation advocacy in the political arena. She is a nationally- recognized expert in non-profit growth and management and a leader in Great Lakes protections. Lisa is a three-time graduate from the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors Degree and two ensuing Masters Degrees in Social Work and Education. Before becoming Executive Director in 2006, Lisa was a member of the Michigan LCV Board and today serves on the boards of the Friends of Rutherford Pool, the Huron River Watershed Council, and the National League of Conservation Voters Education Fund. You can reach Lisa at [email protected]
Bob is the Deputy Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund, overseeing its communications, lobbying, member engagement, and coalition building. He has a deep background in electoral politics, government affairs, community organizing, and strategic messaging. Bob brings over 20 years of experience in running field campaigns, working on public policy, and building collaboration amongst donors and funders. His extensive work experience includes: Press Secretary for former U.S. Rep. David Bonior in both his congressional office and as a candidate for Governor; Executive Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Michigan; and investigative reporter for Gannett and Booth newspapers. Bob graduated from Michigan State University with Bachelor’s degree in both journalism and political science. He lives in Berkley, Michigan with his wife and two daughters, and his family owns property in Boon (outside Cadillac) that borders the majestic Manistee National Forest. You can reach Bob at [email protected]
Katie is the Operations Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, spent fourteen summers at camp on the shores of Lake Arbutus outside of Traverse City, and moved to Michigan to attend James Madison College and journalism school at Michigan State University. Since then, she has lived in Lansing, Leelanau County, Detroit and Ann Arbor, worked on farms, in schools, for start-ups, for public radio, and in advertising, all of which culminated in her joining Michigan LCV Education Fund in 2013 as Communications Manager where she applied her skills to the issues she cares about the most. Now as Operations Director, she is ensuring Michigan LCV Education Fund has the resources needed to do big things and to expand our impact over time. Katie’s Favorite Place in Michigan: All of the Leelanau Peninsula. You can reach Katie at [email protected]
Lauren is the Development Director based in Michigan LCV Education Fund’s Grand Rapids office. Lauren brings a wide range of career experience to Michigan LCV Education Fund from political campaign work to professional and corporate writing to restaurant management and sales. She has a steadfast belief that whom we elect matters and a desire to protect and preserve our great state. Lauren lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and their dog, Ella. She graduated from Grand Valley State with a degree in Political Science. Lauren loves the creativity, vibrancy and natural beauty of Grand Rapids and Michigan. You can reach Lauren at [email protected]
Katie serves as Michigan LCV Education Fund’s Communications Director and is based out of our Ann Arbor office. Katie joined the team in 2018 after working as a communications manager in local government.Originally from Florida’s Gulf Coast, Katie got her start as an organizer for Oceana where she worked to ban offshore oil drilling in the wake of the BP oil disaster. She later moved to Washington D.C. to work as Oceana’s national campaign organizer and then as a program manager at New Organizing Institute and campaign strategist at Free Range Studios. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in political science and minor in legal studies. You can reach Katie at [email protected].
Tessa works as Michigan LCV’s Digital Organizing Manager and is based in the Ann Arbor office. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she received her degree in journalism with a focus on the digital sphere. Before joining Michigan LCV, she worked as an intern at several digital publications and at West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Her work at Michigan LCV focuses on bridging the gap between offline and online community activism. In her free time, you can find her reading, trying out new recipes, and listening to podcasts. Tessa’s favorite Place in Michigan is Saugatuck Dunes State Park. You can reach Tessa at: [email protected]
Before starting her role as Development Coordinator, Julie served as Michigan LCV Education Fund’s Executive Coordinator and before that as an intern. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. Being born in Switzerland and having lived in New York, California and Michigan, Julie has gotten the opportunity to experience a variety of different environmental issues, which has led to her passion for environmental conservation. \ Outside of work, you can usually find Julie running on trails, volunteering, playing with dogs or traveling inside and outside of Michigan as often as possible! You can reach Julie at [email protected]
As the Partnerships Manager, Bentley focuses on strengthening relationships with community and business leaders in order to build a strong bench of conservation champions that are ready to act to protect Michigan’s land, air, and water. Before joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Bentley served on the legislative staff for U.S. Senator Gary Peters, specializing in issues related to energy, agriculture, transportation, and the environment. Prior to his time in the Senate, Bentley worked in Washington, D.C. for the National Wildlife Federation in a number of different roles related to policy and advocacy.
Bentley graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Program in the Environment. He and his wife love raising their son in their original hometown of Ann Arbor, with parents nearby. You can reach Bentley at [email protected].
Courtney is the Major Gifts Manager for Michigan LCV Education Fund and works out of the Grand Rapids office. Growing up on the shores of Lake Michigan, she is passionate about engaging and inspiring the communities to protect and cherish our beautiful state. Courtney brings with her a unique background in event strategy and brand marketing, as well as a deep love for public speaking and workshop facilitation. When she’s not working to make our world better, you can find Courtney trying out a new restaurant, visiting a vineyard, or enjoying live music (preferably outside… with wine in hand). You can reach Courtney at: email@example.com
Nicholas Occhipinti brings to our team years of experience in policy, politics, and direct service. Before spending the 2015-2017 school year in Spain learning Spanish and teaching, he served for six years as the Policy and Community Activism Director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). Nick has a broad range of environmental policy experience having worked as a staffer for the Chair of Hawaii’s State Senate Energy and Environment Committee, in Lansing for the Granholm administration, and at the Rocky Mountain Institute — an energy think and do tank. He has also worked directly in communities as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in 2008 and as a Corps Member for AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Policy. In addition to big ideas, Nicholas loves craft beer, wine, sports, and the outdoors. As an avid kiteboarder, mountainbiker, and hiking enthusiast, he finds beauty, peace, and connection in nature. You can reach Nick at [email protected].
Kara is the Government Affairs Manager for Michigan LCV Education Fund and she is based out of the Lansing and Grand Rapids offices. In 2016, Kara will be working towards guaranteeing that Michigan legislators prioritize clean energy and ensure that Michigan residents have access clean water. Growing up in Lansing, Kara developed a passion for policy and politics and currently calls Grand Rapids home. In the spring of 2015, Kara graduated from Grand Valley State University where she received a degree in Political Science with a focus on political thought and environmental policy. Prior to working for Michigan LCV Education Fund, she held the position of President for the GVSU College Democrats and gained experience through internships in legislative offices, on campaigns and at local non-profit organizations. Outside of work, Kara enjoys hiking, exploring Michigan, drinking Grand Rapids’ craft beer, volunteering and, most of all, going on adventures with her Blue Heeler, JD. You can reach Kara at [email protected].
Baldomero is the Outreach Director for Michigan LCV Education Fund, where he leads the electoral, voter participation and regional outreach programs to deliver electoral wins and build political power for Michigan’s land, air and water. Prior to joining the Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Baldomero served as the Deputy Director for Michigan Voice, the statewide c(3) network, where he developed and aligned civic engagement programs, for over 20 different partner organizations, to engage and mobilize underrepresented voters. Baldomero attended Wayne State University where he competed on the policy debate team for 4 years. You can reach Baldomero at [email protected].
ANNE MARIE HERTL
Anne Marie began working with Michigan LCV Education Fund during the spring of 2017 as the West Michigan Regional Coordinator bringing her leadership and passion to engagement and organizing efforts in the West Michigan region.
Prior to joining the Michigan LCV Ed Fund, AnneMarie served as the Community Activism Manager at the West Michigan Environmental Action Council where she led diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and community activism programs. Due to her leadership there, Anne Marie was the recipient of the George Heartwell Community Engagement Award at Michigan LCV’s 2016 Grand Rapids Breakfast of Conservation Champions.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Community Leadership from Aquinas College. Anne Marie grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and Lake Erie where she developed her passion to protect the Great Lakes. You can reach Anne Marie at [email protected]