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Environmental Justice Advisory Council Announces Members

Jan 24, 2020

Twenty-one Michigan residents have been selected to the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice under the direction of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The council will provide public and impacted community input for the directors appointed to the Interagency Environmental Justice Response Team, which is led by Regina Strong, the state’s Environmental Justice Public Advocate.

The following individuals have been appointed to the Council:

  • Paul Mohai, Ph.D., of Ann Arbor, is a professor and the environmental justice field coordinator at the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability. Dr
  • Tony Reames, Ph.D., of Farmington Hills, is the head of the Urban Energy Justice Lab at the University of Michigan and an assistant professor at the University’s School for Environment and Sustainability.
  • Carla Walker-Miller, of Detroit, is the founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, an energy and waste reduction company.
  • Fadi Mourad, of Farmington Hills,is the director of environmental strategy at DTE Energy.
  • Monica Lewis-Patrick, of Detroit, is the president and CEO of We the People of Detroit non-profit organization and a former adjunct professor in the Social Justice Department at Marygrove College
  • Bryan Lewis, of Detroit, is a business outreach consultant with the National Resource Defense Council and the former director of the EcoWorks Youth Energy Squad in Detroit.
  • Lynn Williams, of Flint, is the community engagement officer for the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and a board member on the Richard Allen Battle Foundation.
  • Salah Ali, of Dearborn,is an active member of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition Clean Air Council, the American Human Rights Council of Michigan, and the Engineering Society of Detroit.
  • Theresa Landrum, of Detroit, is a community activist with the 48217 Community Monitoring Group and a retired master mechanic for General Motors Co.
  • Justin Onwenu, of Detroit, isa health communities and environmental justice program organizer for the Sierra Club in Detroit and a former community outreach coordinator for the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative.
  • Nick Leonard, of Detroit, is the executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center (GLELC).
  • Sylvia Orduño,of Detroit, has been a community organizer for 22 years with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and serves as co-chair of the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
  • Frank Houston, of Royal Oak, is the regional program manager and spokesperson for the BlueGreen Alliance and a former senior associate for Aquantum Solar.
  • Donavan McKinney, of Detroit, is the state director and political coordinator for Service Employees International Union (SEIU)Healthcare Michigan.
  • Joel Howrani Heeresof Detroit, is the director sustainability for the City of Detroit and a former principal supervisor for DTE Energy.
  • Alison Sutter, of Grand Rapids, is the sustainability and performance management officer for the City of Grand Rapids and a former environmental law attorney.
  • Nichole Britten, of Saint Joseph, is the health officer for the Berrien County Health Department and previously served as an epidemiologist for the county.
  • Bryan Newland, of Brimley, is an active member of the Bay Mills Indian Community and the president and chairman of the Executive Council.
  • John Petoskey, of Northport, is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
  • Keith Cooley, of Detroit, is the president and CEO of Principia, LLC, a consultancy focusing on economic competitiveness, talent creation, and a green economy
  • Mona Monroe-Yunis, of Flint, is the executive director of Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint and a neighborhood planner for the Flint Planning and Development Department.

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