Staff Resources and Specializations at the Northeast-Midwest Institute

The Northeast-Midwest Institute has on its staff scientists and policy experts 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

Chris Askew-Merwin
Senior Policy Analyst

Water Quality

  • Watershed protection
  • Point and non-point source pollution
  • Flooding and extreme weather impacts

Safe Drinking Water

  • Lead in water
  • Biological contaminants
  • Rates and affordability

Climate Change

  • Mitigation
  • Adaptation
  • Green infrastructure

Public Policy and Opinion

  • Domestic programs
  • Triple-bottom line decision-making (environmental, economic, social)
  • Public opinion on water

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