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Helen Taylor, MI St-Dir Helen Taylor headshot photo © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp

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Helen Taylor

State Director, Michigan

Lansing, Michigan

  • Areas of Expertise

    Great Lakes conservation, environmental policy, partnership facilitation


Helen Taylor has spent more than 30 years working on Great Lakes protection, policy and conservation. She joined the Conservancy in 1996 to lead its Great Lakes Program, and since 1999 has served as state director of its Michigan program. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Helen worked in the environmental policy field with a concentration in Great Lakes issues, pollution prevention, waste and public/private partnerships and engagement. She worked for ICF, Inc. and Clean Sites, Inc. (now known as the Delta Institute), consulting to industry, government (municipalities, state and federal agencies) and environmental organizations.

Helen was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve as a Commissioner and his representative on the Great Lakes Commission, the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and, most recently, she was appointed to the Governor’s Environmental Rules Review Committee. She has also held gubernatorial appointments to the Michigan Land Use Leadership Council in 2003 and Agriculture Preservation Fund Board from 2004 to 2007.

Currently, Helen serves on the boards of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Heart of the Lakes Center for Land Conservation Policy, as well as the External Advisory Board of University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute. Helen holds a degree in philosophy from Northwestern University where she graduated with honors.

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