NEMWI Launches Staff Knowledge Directory

October 13, 2017

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has launched a staff knowledge directory highlighting its staff’s areas of policy specialization and providing easily-accessible contact information. The directory guides journalists, governmental staffers, and regional stakeholders with policy questions to the best possible NEMWI analyst who can provide information in response to queries.

The release of this new resource is part of NEMWI’s continued commitment to bridging the gaps between policy makers, the public, and regional stakeholders. From water quality and safe drinking water, to Farm Bill conservation provisions, to the Great Lakes, to government reform initiatives, NEMWI’s policy analysts and scientists are engaged in addressing some of the biggest issues facing the region. Before coming to the Institute, many NEMWI staff served as legislative staffers and government relations specialists, and hold special insights into regional developments from lawmakers’ perspectives.

Great Lakes Washington Program Director Matthew McKenna can comment on a variety of Great Lakes basin policy issues, including: the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, climate change, harmful algal blooms, and fishery management. Another program director, Dr. Sridhar Vedachalam, has authored a number of published papers and articles on urban water management and water infrastructure in the region. Joe Vukovich, senior policy analyst, can offer his knowledge on the federal rulemaking process as well as conservation and restoration issues in the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Policy Analyst Ankita Mandelia has submitted comments on draft water pollution management, and can give insight into water quality issues of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River. Senior Fellow Charlie Bartsch brings decades of experience working on brownfields and urban redevelopment, and was most recently a senior adviser for economic development to the EPA assistant administrator. NEMWI President and CEO Dr. Michael J. Goff specializes in presidential policy leadership. governmental reform, and nonprofit management.

Constituents interested in the staff directory can find it here. If you are unsure how to direct your query, please email