Lisa Wozniak, executive director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
Lisa comes to the Michigan League of Conservation Voters with a long history in both the environmental and political worlds. Between 1996 and 2005, Lisa served as the Great Lakes regional director for the national League of Conservation Voters
, overseeing programs and projects in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin, with an enormous focus on keeping the Great Lakes Congressional caucus in check. Prior to that, Lisa cut her teeth on Lana Pollack's 1994 heart-wrenching U.S. Senate campaign and on Alma Wheeler Smith's successful campaign for Michigan state Senate. Bitten by the political bug, Lisa was destined to deal with Michigan's current political challenges, which includes the world of term limits, reapportionment, and a bi-partisan log-jam.
Lisa is adept at working with a broad array of people and organizations and brings a strategic vantage point to almost any discussion. Although she may deny her expertise (and the years behind her), Lisa is thought of as a key leader within the conservation community in Michigan. With degrees in French and art history, education and social work--all from the University of Michigan--Lisa's strong interdisciplinary background clearly influences Michigan LCV's
approach to problem solving, collaborative campaigns, and political change.
Many may consider Lisa an extravert, but a deep, dark secret is that Lisa recharges by being alone! Give her a good book, time to tend to the garden or do yoga, a run with her dog, and Lisa is good to go.... peaceful, calm, measured, attentive. And, meshed between the politics and the garden is Lisa's beautiful family: husband Kenny, hip young sons Zachariah and Benjamin, and lovely dog, Santosha.
Lisa serves on the board of a number of local, state and national organizations, including the advisory board of Growing Hope
, the fundraising committee of Friends of the Rutherford Pool, and the boards of the Michigan Environmental Council
and the national League of Conservation Voters Education Fund
.Ryan Mark-Griffin, assistant to the executive director
I've always felt odd about people writing their own bios in the third person, so if it feels unprofessional for me to use the first person here, please forgive me. I am, after all, not a professional: I am a student. Until this fall, when I transferred to the University of Michigan, I was a student at UC-Santa Cruz, on California's Central Coast. As a Banana Slug (that's right, their mascot is a Banana Slug), I worked for the student newspaper, City on a Hill Press
, as the editor of the campus news desk. I also worked as an intern for a local art gallery and was the manager of the men's tennis team.
My time in California was incredible, but even from the beginning I felt the pull of the Great Lakes State calling me home. Witnessing the passion with which social activists in California (many of them my peers at UCSC) fought to improve the community they lived in though educational equality, worker's rights, environmental conservation, and benevolent government inspired me to look towards my community.
It is with the desire to better educate myself about the unique issues facing the people of Michigan that I transferred to the U of M this fall. Working for the Michigan LCV enables me to make a difference in the fight for the conservation of what I believe to be one of our nation's greatest treasures: Michigan's natural environment.