Lisa Wojnarowski Downes is the North America Regional Initiative Coordinator for the Alliance for Water Stewardship. The Alliance for Water Stewardship is working to develop the first global water stewardship certification program. This program will be international, voluntary and standard-based. It will recognize and reward water users and water utilities that are doing an exemplary job of protecting watersheds and freshwater ecosystems.
Prior to joining the Alliance for Water Stewardship, Lisa was a program manager for the Council of Great Lakes Governors, a regional governors' association. At the Council, Lisa assisted the Great Lakes states and provinces in developing and implementing the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact. She managed the Governors' and Premiers' Water Conservation and Efficiency Initiative which developed for the first time regional water conservation and efficiency objectives. She also managed the Council's Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force which helps coordinate the States' efforts to stop the spread and introduction of harmful, non-native species to the Great Lakes.
Lisa earned a J.D. with a Certificate in International and Comparative Law from DePaul University College of Law in 2008 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. She completed Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communication at DePaul University in 2003.