Lisa Wozniak


Lisa Wozniak is Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

I love Michigan because people who have never been here don't believe that it could possibly be this beautiful or that that Lakes could be so vast. I love Michigan because once you've been here and experienced the sugar-sand beaches and sand dunes, the forests, the rocky shores of Lake Superior and the incredible beauty of the Keewenaw Peninsula, the endless and perfect expanse of Lake Michigan while the sun is setting, you wonder why you've ever been anywhere else. And, I love Michigan because I always believed, as a kid growing up in the Mediterranean, that all seas were salty. Not this one. Lisa comes to the Michigan League of Conservation Voters with a long history in both the environmental and political worlds. Between 1996 and 2005, Lisa served as the Great Lakes Regional Director for the nationalLeague of Conservation Voters, overseeing programs and projects in Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin, with an enormous focus on keeping the Great Lakes Congressional caucus in check. Prior to that, Lisa cut her teeth on Lana Pollack's1994 heart-wrenching U.S. Senate campaign and on Alma Wheeler Smith's successful campaign for state Senate. Bitten by the political bug, Lisa was destined to deal with Michigan's current political challenges, which includes the world of term limits, reapportionment, and a bi-partisan log-jam. Lisa is adept at working with a broad array of people and organizations and brings a strategic vantage point to almost any discussion. Although she may deny her expertise (and the years behind her), Lisa  is thought of as a key leader within the conservation community in Michigan. With degrees in French and History of Art, Education and Social Work--all from the University of Michigan--Lisa's strong interdisciplinary background clearly influences Michigan LCV's approach to problem solving, collaborative campaigns, and political change. Many may consider Lisa an extravert, but a deep, dark secret is that Lisa recharges by being alone!  Give her a good book, time to tend to the garden or do yoga, a run with her dog, and Lisa is good to go.... peaceful, calm, measured, attentive. And, meshed between the politics and the garden is Lisa's beautiful family: husband Kenny, hip young sons Zachariah and Benjamin, and lovely dog, Santosha. Lisa serves on the board of a number of local, state and national organizations, including the Advisory Board of Growing Hope, the fundraising committee of Friends of the Rutherford Pool, and the boards of the Michigan Environmental Council and the national League of Conservation Voters Education Fund.

Ways to Connect


1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.


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This month on 89.1 WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment, we we will explore  a growing threat in the region - Asian Carp. We look into its growing threat of expanding territories to the world's greatest freshwater resource, the Great Lakes.

The Executive Director of the Great Lakes Commission, Tim Eder joins us to talk about the issue and what can be done to establish a long-term solution.

Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council

On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance. 

This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the  Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.

Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.

On the 1st Friday of every month, WEMU allots nearly 20-minutes to dedicate to a topic of environemtnal importance.

David Fair co-hosts the segment with Lisa Wozniak. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  Their guest, this time around, is Jacque Rose, and the topic of discussion is the controversial process of hydraulic  fracturing, or "fracking." 

Jacque is a paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation in Michigan for 27 years. She first became interested in  fracking related issues when land leasing agents descended on the tri-county area of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed in Northeast Michigan where she resides, especially in connection with potential threats to water resources. She co-founded the Friends of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed: a volunteer group dedicated to educating the public and government officials responsibly about the potential risks associated with deep shale high volume hydraulic fracturing. The group gives presentations, holds public meeting forums, and provides research materials and information to other groups throughout Michigan concerned with fracking issues. Jacque's leadership and activism has landed her a nickname: "The Erin Brockovich of Fracking."

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

A study on food insecurity by the University of Michigan is underway.  The study is directed by  Dr. Dorceta Taylor, professor of environmental sociology at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources, and she's our guest on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU. 

Michigan Environmental Council Communications Director Hugh McDiarmid discusses environmental decisions made by state lawmakers in 2012 on this month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

December's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Michigan's energy future with Bill Rustem, the Strategy Director for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU is an in-depth examination of Proposal 3 on the November 6th Michigan Ballot, more commonly known as the 25X25 proposal for renewable energy.  The guests are Steve Transeth and Doug Jester.  Transeth is a spokesperson for the group Clean Affordable Renewable Energy, which opposes proposal 3.  Jester is a principal at the strategy and consulting firm 5-Lakes Energy.  Jester speaks in favor of proposal 3.

Land conservancies are the topic of October's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU.

Voters may decide if Michigan must get 25%

of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

Fighting to  keep Asian carp out of the great lakes.


Growing food locally is Growing Hope in Ypsilanti area.

This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Governor Snyder's budget proposals and how they might impact the health of Michigan's environment.