Great Lakes expert joins Mott’s Environment Program

Tim Eder, who has served as executive director of the Great Lakes Commission since 2006, is joining the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation as a program officer in the Environment Program. He will manage a grantmaking portfolio that focuses on addressing freshwater challenges, particularly those in the Great Lakes basin.

During his tenure at the Great Lakes Commission, Eder played a key role in efforts to address critical Great Lakes issues, including invasive species, water quality and economic development. The commission is an interstate agency that represents and advises the governors of all eight Great Lakes states, and the premiers of Ontario and Quebec, as they work to strengthen the region’s economy and promote sustainable use of Great Lakes water resources.

“The decision to hire Tim reflects Mott’s longtime commitment to protecting the water resources of the Great Lakes,” said Sam Passmore, director of the Foundation’s Environment Program. “The drinking water crisis in Flint — not to mention similar challenges faced by Toledo and other older cities — demonstrates the importance of the work. Tim’s deep experience in the field, including his work with top state and federal officials, adds new dimensions to what the Foundation can do to help.”

Eder said managing water-related grants at Mott is the opportunity of a lifetime.

“The Mott Foundation has been instrumental in creating and supporting nongovernmental organizations that have helped this region achieve worldwide recognition for progressive environmental programs and policies,” Eder said. “The Flint water crisis reminded me why I entered this field and left me more determined than ever to make a difference for people and communities facing environmental challenges.”

Eder has worked on Great Lakes environmental issues for the past 30 years. Prior to joining the Great Lakes Commission, he held a variety of regional and national positions with the National Wildlife Federation. Both the commission and NWF are longtime Mott grantees.

Tom Crane, deputy director of the Great Lakes Commission, will serve as interim executive director until the commission hires Eder’s replacement.

Passmore said Mott recognizes the important role the Great Lakes Commission plays and appreciates how Eder has helped build it into a strong organization that achieves impact, adding: “We’re confident that the commission will continue to be an important regional player and we’ll remain a big fan and supporter.”

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