Jon W. Allan

Jon W. Allan is the U.S. Co-chair of the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board. Jon also chairs MSU’s Institute for Water Research Advisory Board and Cranbrook Institute of Science’s Freshwater Forum. Currently with School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan, Jon focuses on sustainability across Michigan and the Great Lakes region as it’s related to the intersection of ecological, economic, social and cultural value. He seeks to understand and influence the rate at which the region is adopting and implementing the principles of a sustainable and just society. Jon’s research on wetlands, stream ecology, and water policy has been published in Canada and the U.S. Prior to University of Michigan, Jon was the President and Founder of the Jon W. Allan Group, served as the Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes, was an executive with Consumers Energy for two decades.  He chaired the Great Lakes Commission Board and the Executive Committee of the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers organization. Throughout his career, he has contributed his expertise in a range of roles with the State of Michigan, including the Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council, the Michigan Climate Action Council, and the Environmental Advisory Council for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Parks. Jon also served as an advisor during the Great Lakes Compact negotiations and co-chaired Michigan’s Advisory Council, tasked with the state's strategy and implementation of the Great Lakes Compact.