Tim Eder was appointed as the fifth executive director of the Great Lakes Commission on July 10, 2006. With more than 25 years of experience in natural resources policy development and advocacy, Eder is in charge of the Commission’s day-to-day operations and advancing the shared interests of the Commission membership in the areas of natural resources management and advocacy.
In nearly two decades with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Eder has headed a variety of programs that directly relate to Great Lakes issues. As NWF director of water resources, he led the formation of a nationwide coalition of taxpayer and conservation interests that forged bipartisan support in the U.S. House and Senate for legislation to protect and restore aquatic habitat. Prior to that, he served as director of the NWF’s largest field office, the Great Lakes Natural Resource Center, dedicated to educating, mobilizing and assisting individuals and organizations in the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes.
As a regional executive with NWF in the 1990s, he represented the organization’s views before Congress, agencies, other opinion leaders and the media. He also coordinated and led a 10-year federal and multistate campaign to develop and adopt uniform pollution control standards to implement the purposes of the U.S.-Canadian Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.
Eder has served on the boards of the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, the Washtenaw County (Mich.) Road Commission, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Michigan Aquatic Nuisance Species Advisory Council, and the Aquatic Invasive Species Team of the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. He holds a bachelor of science degree in resource development from Michigan State University.