Tim Eder is all about the Great Lakes — he has spent most of his career working to protect and restore North America’s freshwater seas. At Mott, he manages a grantmaking portfolio that addresses freshwater challenges, with a focus on the Great Lakes. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served 11 years as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission, which advises the region’s governors and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec on critical issues, such as invasive species, economic development and sustainability. Before joining the commission, Eder spent almost two decades working on Great Lakes and other freshwater issues for the National Wildlife Federation, a longtime Mott grantee. In his free time, he enjoys spending free time with family and friends at his favorite places on the lakes: A Lake Michigan beach in Sturgeon Bay during the summer; and the storm-tossed coast of Lake Superior, north of Marquette, during the winter. Eder is married and has two children.