Allegra Cangelosi is President of the Northeast-Midwest Institute. She has extensive experience in a wide range of ecosystem protection and restoration issues, including economic valuation of protecting ecosystems, sediment remediation, solid waste management, atmospheric deposition of toxic substances, and especially, invasive species prevention and management. She is the principal investigator for the Northeast-Midwest Institute's Great Ships Initiative.
On the technical side, Ms. Cangelosi has helped pioneer the area of ballast treatment technology development and testing. She was co-principal investigator and biological team leader of the "Algonorth Experiment," which first demonstrated the potential role of filtration as a ballast treatment in the shipboard context, and subsequently led to three other shipboard treatment tests. She co-led the Great Lakes Ballast Technology Demonstration Project, which established a barge-based treatment testing platform, between 1996 and 2002. She and Nicole Mays have authored several technical publications related to ballast water treatment, including on methods for measuring performance of ballast treatment systems. She is a regular participant in the International Convention for the Exploration of the Sea Ballast Water Working Group.
On the policy side, Ms. Cangelosi was a member of the United States delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the International Maritime Organization Ballast Water Working Group between 1996 and 2002, and a member of the Invasive Species Advisory Committee to the National Invasive Species Council until 2006. She coordinated legislative activity leading to the National Invasive Species Acts of 1990 and 1996. Between 1989 and 1993, Ms. Cangelosi served as legislative director of the bipartisan Congressional Great Lakes Task Forces in the office of Senator John Glenn. In this position, and subsequently in her role at the Institute, Ms. Cangelosi helped to develop legislation with bipartisan appeal that advanced ecosystem protection and restoration in the Great Lakes and Northeast-Midwest regions. She was also instrumental in bridging the Washington and Great Lakes regional policy communities on Great Lakes environmental issues, and promoting a shared federal agenda.
Ms. Cangelosi was previously Environmental Project Director with the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG). She managed regional environmental initiatives and conducted policy research on source reduction, groundwater protection, and integration of economic development and water quality protection. She established the state-industry-environmentalist Source Reduction Council of CONEG.
Ms. Cangelosi holds a Masters of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College.