Michelle Parker

Vice President & Executive Director, Audubon Great Lakes

Michelle Parker is Vice President & Executive Director of Audubon Great Lakes. In this role, Parker oversees the Audubon Great Lakes staff in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, leading Audubon's field offices and directing on-the-ground conservation, policy, and education efforts across the region.

Prior to joining Audubon Great Lakes, Parker spent nearly two decades as a conservation leader in the Great Lakes region. Most recently, she led the environmental and disaster response programs with the Crown Family Philanthropies. Additionally, Parker spent 12 years leading  Shedd Aquarium's Great Lakes Initiative in the role of Vice President of Great Lakes and Sustainability. Parker previously served on boards at Freshwater Future and Calumet Collaborative. Parker is an Observer for the binational Great Lakes Commission, on the Nominating Committee for the Forest Preserves of Cook County’s Conservation and Policy Council, and was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker as a Commisioner on the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. Parker currently serves as the elected Vice Chair for this commission. Parker holds a Masters in Zoology from Miami University, and a BS in Conservation Biology from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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