Vice President of Conservation Action
Great Lakes Regional Center - Ann Arbor, MI
Andy Buchsbaum is the Regional Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s regional Great Lakes Regional Center. The 20-staff regional office works with NWF and other organizations in each of the Great Lakes states. Major projects include Great Lakes restoration; prevention of the introduction of aquatic invasive species; Great Lakes water management reform; protection of the Great Lakes from climate change; outdoor education for children; and protection of Lake Superior from sulfide mining.
Andy co-founded and for seven years co-chaired the 110-member “Healing Our Waters – Great Lakes Coalition,” the primary non-governmental coalition championing Great Lakes restoration. He served as one of the designated conservation representatives on the Council of Great Lakes Governor’s Advisory Group on the Great Lakes Charter Annex 2001, and was a lead negotiator in securing a the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan-based foundation, the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.
Andy has testified on a wide range of Great Lakes issues before state, regional and national government bodies, including the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the U.S. Senate Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the U.S House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, the International Joint Commission, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan legislature, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the Indiana Department of the Environment. He has co-authored numerous media-generating publications while at NWF, including Pollution Paralysis II: Code Red for Watersheds (2000); Clean the Lakes, Clean the Rain: Mercury in Rain Is Polluting the Great Lakes (1999), and Ecosystem Shock: The Devastating Impacts of Invasive Species on the Great Lakes Food Web (2004). He also was a contributor to Prescription for Great Lakes Protection and Restoration (2005,) America’s North Coast: A Benefit-Cost Analysis of a Program to Protect and Restore the Great Lakes (2007), and Feast and Famine in the Great Lakes: How Nutrients and Invasive Species Interact To Glut Coasts and Starve Offshore Waters (2011).
For the past fifteen years, Andy has been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan Law School, teaching courses in environmental and Great Lakes law and policy.
Prior to joining NWF in 1998, Andy was the senior attorney for the Midwest office of the National Environmental Law Center and the Program Director for the Public Interest Research Group in Michigan. There, he published numerous reports and studies on environmental policy, law and science.
Andy got his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Laws from Georgetown University Law Center. He has published articles in law reviews on environmental law and campaign finance reform.