Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment

Dr. Amanda Herzog Joins Foundation as Associate Program Officer for Great Lakes and Environment

The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation welcomes Dr. Amanda Herzog to its team.

Dr. Amanda Herzog was named associate program officer for Great Lakes and Environment. She brings over 10 years of experience in environmental engineering research with a background in agricultural and environmental sustainability. She will collaborate closely with our Great Lakes Program Officer, Jamie Konopacky, and Senior Great Lakes Program Officer and Vice President of Programs, Melissa Damaschke.

Herzog will work with current grantees, future applicants, and partners to help the Foundation increase stewardship in the Bayfield, Clinton, Detroit, Huron, Rouge, and River Raisin watersheds and the Great Lakes. She will focus on cultivating and supporting grant applications to increase stewardship from residents, governments, and businesses to enhance and protect the Great Lakes ecosystem. Herzog will report to Neil Hawkins, president of the Foundation.

amanda herzog“We are pleased to have Amanda join us. She has a strong technical background and a wide breadth of experiences that will strengthen our Great Lakes programs. Welcome, Amanda!” said Hawkins.

Herzog earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Environmental Engineering from Michigan State University. She joins the Foundation after working as the chief technology officer at WaterRising Institute, a nonprofit startup developing a real-time early warning system for water quality monitoring.

Herzog brings experience in addressing pressing threats to water quality in the Great Lakes while also considering social equity implications to environmental concerns. As an Oakland County Parks and Recreation commissioner and the chair of the Royal Oak Environmental Advisory Board, Herzog also has experience educating and engaging local government and the public on a variety of environmental issues, as well as promoting the connectivity of the environment to public health.

She assumes her role on Monday, November 1, 2021.