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North America Freshwater: Lisa Wojnarowski Downes

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes

Director, Freshwater Stewardship

“Freshwater stewardship enables businesses and communities to move beyond water efficiency and pollution control to secure freshwater resources for people and nature through a collective approach.”

Lisa Wojnarowski Downes is the Associate Director of Securing Water for the Nature Conservancy in North America, where she provides expertise towards the development of water funds across the region.  Previously, she led stakeholder engagement efforts in North America towards the development of a global standard for water stewardship via the Alliance for Water Stewardship and served on the Alliance’s Global Secretariat.

Prior to joining the Conservancy, Lisa worked as a program manager for the Council of Great Lakes Governors.  In that role she worked with the Great Lakes States and Provinces in developing and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Sustainable Water Resources Agreement and related Compact. She also managed regional programs on topics including water conservation and efficiency, water use information sharing and aquatic invasive species. She holds a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law, as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communication from DePaul University.  



Lisa Wojnarowski Downes

Director, Freshwater Stewardship


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