Allegra Cangelosi is President of the Northeast-Midwest Institute and Principal Investigator of the Northeast-Midwest Institute's Great Ships Initiative. A native of Ohio and Michigan, and a long-time fan of the Great Lakes, Ms. Cangelosi 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. Ms. Cangelosi began her professional career in regional environmental policy working as 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. During this period, she established the state-industry-environmentalist Source Reduction Council of CONEG.
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 similar 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. She coordinated legislative activity leading to the National Invasive Species Acts of 1990 and 1996.
Ms. Cangelosi brings technical and scientific skill sets to bear in her work on behalf of the NEMW region, as well. Specifically, Ms. Cangelosi 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 in shipboard ballast treatment, and led several other shipboard tests. She launched and co-led the Great Lakes Ballast Technology Demonstration Project, which established a barge-based treatment testing platform, between 1996 and 2002. Subsequently, Ms. Cangelosi launched and currently serves as Principal Investigator of the NEMWI’s Great Ships Initiative, a world-class freshwater ballast water treatment testing facility in the Great Lakes region with USCG certification and multi-stakeholder buy-in. She has authored several technical and peer reviewed publications related to ballast water treatment, including on methods for most accurately measuring performance of ballast treatment systems.
As a subject expert, Ms. Cangelosi served as 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. In 2011, she served as a panelist and co-author of a National Academies of Sciences National Research Council report “Assessing the Relationship Between Propagule Pressure and Invasion Risk in Ballast Water”. She is a long-term participant and current member of the U.S. delegation to the International Convention for the Exploration of the Sea Ballast Water Working Group.
Ms. Cangelosi holds a Masters of Science in Resource Development from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College.