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Brammeier Named to Alliance’s Top Post
Joel Brammeier has been named president and chief executive officer of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, North America’s oldest independent Great Lakes citizens’ organization.
Brammeier, who has served as acting president of the organization since July 1, was named to the post by the 27-member board of directors.
The appointment follows a national search to replace former Alliance President Cameron Davis, who stepped down after 11 years as president to accept an appointment with U.S. EPA. Brammeier was selected from a competitive field of more than 70 applicants.
“The board was pleased by the wide range of extremely well-qualified applicants with proven Great Lakes leadership experience who sought the position, and is confident Joel was clearly the best candidate,” said Jack Bails, board chairman. “Joel’s demonstrated leadership, wide respect in the Great Lakes region, and vision for the organization’s future will help the Alliance continue its growth as the leading citizen voice for protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.”
Prior to becoming president and CEO, Joel served as the Alliance’s vice president for policy, advising the organization and regional leaders on critical Great Lakes issues including invasive species, water use and coastal restoration. Joining the Alliance in 2001 as habitat program manager, Brammeier now oversees a staff of 15 professionals and more than 7,000 volunteers dedicated to protecting and restoring clean water, educating the public and building a sustainable future for the Great Lakes.
“Today, the Great Lakes have great momentum toward restoration,” Brammeier said. “We’re on the cusp of transforming a legacy of damage into a future our families will be proud to call their own. The time to act is right now, and I’m proud to be able to help lead the charge.”
Brammeier’s work at the Alliance has led to the development of laws and regulations to prevent the influx of invasive species in several Great Lakes states. In 2008, he published a groundbreaking report on the urgent need to permanently stop the transfer of Asian carp and other invaders between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes basins.
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