Staff Resources and Specializations at the Northeast-Midwest Institute

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has on its staff scientists and policy analysts with a wide range of knowledge of the economic, environmental, and governmental issues facing the Northeast and Midwest region. Journalists, state governmental officials, regional stakeholders, and other constituencies are encouraged to contact staff for information and analysis. Areas of specialization and contact information can be found below.

Matthew McKenna
Director, Great Lakes Washington Program

  • Great Lakes Water Quality
    • The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA)
    • Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
    • Great Lakes Areas of Concern
    • Responses to harmful algal blooms
    • Lakewide Action and Management Plans
  • Great Lakes Conservation and Ecology
    • Invasive species on the Great Lakes
    • Great Lakes fishery management
    • Wetlands rehabilitation
    • Microbeads ban
    • NOAA marine sanctuaries in the Great Lakes
  • Great Lakes Water Transportation and Infrastructure
    • IJC’s Plan 2014 for Lake Ontario
    • Great Lakes water diversions
    • Great Lakes short sea shipping
    • Federal ballast water policy
    • Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund
    • Great Lakes maritime policy
    • Great Lakes Governors’ Maritime Strategy
    • Recreational Great Lakes
  • Great Lakes Science and Data Initiatives
    • Climate change
    • Great Lakes data collection (i.e. buoys program through GLOS)
  • Federal appropriations for the Great Lakes

Joseph Vukovich, J.D.
Senior Policy Analyst, Mississippi River Basin Program and Environmental Policy

  • Water Quality in the Mississippi River Basin
    • Effects of agricultural runoff
    • Dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico
    • Water pollution mitigation strategies
  • Conservation and Ecology in the Mississippi River Basin
    • Wetland restoration
    • Invasive species management
    • Farm Bill conservation policies
  • Climate change in the Mississippi River Basin
    • Unique challenges of climate change in the Basin
    • Differing state approaches to climate change mitigation
    • Growth of renewable energy in the Basin
  • Impact of federal agencies on environmental policy in the Basin
    • Proposed Congressional reforms of the regulatory process
    • Ongoing federal rulemakings, particularly at the EPA
    • Ongoing court challenges to important regulations
  • Federal appropriations for the Mississippi River Basin region

Sri Vedachalam, Ph.D.
Director, Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program

  • Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
    • Planning and assessment
    • Funding and financing
    • Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs)
    • Publicly Owned Treatment Works (POTWs)
  • Water Quality
    • Watershed protection
    • Point and non-point source pollution
    • Onsite/septic treatment systems
    • Flooding and extreme weather impacts
  • Safe Drinking Water
    • Lead in water
    • Water main breaks
    • Boil water advisory
    • Rates and affordability
  • Public Opinion and Governance
    • Public opinion on water
    • Consolidation and scale economies
    • Governance and decision-making
    • Privatization and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)

Ankita Mandelia
Policy Analyst, Toward Sustainable Water Information

  • Water Monitoring in the Northeast-Midwest Region
  • Water Quality in the Mississippi River and Great Lakes Basins
  • Great Lakes Areas of Concern
  • Lake Erie Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Great Lakes Chemicals of Mutual Concern
  • Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement

Charlie Bartsch
Senior Fellow (Part-Time), Revitalizing Older Cities Program

  • Brownfields
  • Smart Growth and Sustainable Redevelopment
  • Manufacturing Policy as In-Fill/Revitalization Strategy
  • Federal Tax Incentives Focusing on Redevelopment/Revitalization

Michael J. Goff, Ph.D.
President and CEO

  • U.S. Presidential Policy Leadership
  • U.S. Governmental Reform
  • Congressional Redistricting and Gerrymandering Reform
  • Philanthropy and Charitable Giving
  • Nonprofit Sector Issues
  • Higher Education
  • Strategic Planning