History and Structure
Formed in 2004, the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition is led by the National Wildlife Federation and the National Parks Conservation Association. The Coalition has staff in Washington, D.C., Ann Arbor, Mich., Madison, Wis., and Chicago, Ill. The Coalition receives funding from the Erb Family Foundation, Great Lakes Fisheries Trust, The Frey Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and Peter Wege and the Wege Foundation.
The Coalition is made up of more than 120 member organizations, with a Governance Board of 14, and a core staff of five. The Governance Board is tasked with providing guidance and long-term planning for the Coalition. The Coalition is also represented by three co-chairs, one representative from either the National Wildlife Federation or the National Parks Conservation Association, and two Governance Board members. The role of the co-chairs is to communicate between the Coalition staff and the board on a frequent basis, to advise the Coalition staff, and to serve as expert spokesperson on behalf of the Coalition.