Meet the Director

DEQ Director C. Heidi Grether

Heidi Grether is Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Heidi was appointed as the Director by Governor Rick Snyder effective August 1, 2016. Her previous position was Deputy Director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. She came to this role in June 2016 after a significant public and private sector career. Grether returned to state government after nearly 20 years with Amoco and BP, including four years working the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, where she was the General Manager for external affairs for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, responsible for managing all aspects of external affairs post-spill across the Gulf states. She also served as the General Manager for the state of Mississippi external affairs and the Director of Public and Government Affairs for BP in the Midwest.

Prior to working in the oil industry, Grether was Legislative Director for the Michigan Speaker of the House, Policy Advisor to the Michigan Senate and Vice President of Environmental Affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association.

She has served on the Boards of the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, the MSU Museum Development Council, the Michigan State Parks Commission and the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Foundation. Grether was also Chair of the Michigan Hazardous Waste Policy Committee, President of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Association and a Township Trustee for the Charter Township of Meridian.

She has received recognition awards for strategic communications and outreach, issues advocacy and crisis communications.

Grether received her BA in Political Science and Public Administration and a MS in Natural Resource Economics, both from Michigan State University.

August 2016