Helen Taylor has spent more than 23 years working on Great Lakes protection, policy and conservation. She joined The Nature Conservancy in 1996 to lead its Great Lakes Program, and since 1999 has served as state director of its Michigan chapter. She also serves as chair of the board of the Conservancy’s Great Lakes Project. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she spent nine years working in the environmental policy field with a concentration in Great Lakes issues, pollution prevention, waste and public involvement. Helen was recently appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a commissioner and his representative on the Great Lakes Commission. The Commission’s mission is to promote the orderly, integrated, and comprehensive development, use and conservation of the Great Lakes basin water resources.
In March of 2003, Helen was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council, and also was appointed by Granholm to serve as a member of the Agriculture Preservation Fund Board from 2004 to 2007.
Currently Helen serves on the Editorial Board of Advisors for Bridge Magazine, and Board of Directors for The Blue Economy Center. She also serves on the External Advisory Board of University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and on the board of Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy.
Helen holds a degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in Illinois, where she graduated with honors. Helen and her husband, Dean Bolton, and their sons, Lowell and Miles, spend every spare minute they can enjoying Michigan and the Great Lakes.