About Director Allan

Office of Great Lakes Director Jon AllanJon Allan became Director of the Office of the Great Lakes in 2012, contributing his considerable experience in aquatic sciences and fisheries & wildlife to the office’s mission to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes watershed.

With nearly three decades of experience in environmental and energy policy, he has professionally applied his understanding of ecological management in a variety of academic, corporate, and public occupations.

Jon’s research on wetlands, stream ecology, and water policy has been published in journals in Canada and the U.S. Organizations and individuals rely on his expertise to lead environmental planning and policy projects in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

Prior to his service with the State of Michigan, Jon taught courses in biology, ecology and environmental impact assessment at his alma mater, Michigan State University and with other institutions.  He also has held a variety of executive management positions in the private sector and has worked in the not-for profit sector.

Jon advised during the Great Lakes Compact negotiations and co-chaired the State’s Water Resources Advisory Council tasked with formulating the state's implementation of the Great Lakes Compact. He’s contributed his expertise in a range of roles with the State of Michigan, including those with Michigan's Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council, the Michigan Climate Action Council, and the Environmental Advisory Council for Michigan DEQ.

Jon serves as Chair of the Great Lakes Commission and is a board member or an advisor to numerous other regional organizations including the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board, the Great Lakes Executive Committee for the Water Quality Agreement, Great Ships Initiative and Michigan Sea Grant among others. He also serves on the Executive Committee for the Conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.

Jon has a keen interest in making a difference in the Great Lakes watershed and in natural resource governance.

Outside of the office, Jon devotes time to his family, works to hone his culinary skills, travels, and is an avid birder.


Contact the Director's office at 517-284-5035