The Great Lakes Protection Fund has announced that Steve Cole will join its team as vice president of programs starting March 11, 2019.

Cole will lead the Great Lakes Protection Fund’s program team. In his role, Cole will build and manage the portfolio of new technologies, strategies, and financing tools that protect and enhance the health of the Great Lakes.

Cole brings experience in building new strategies, launching new products, and ensuring that customer needs are at the center of new initiatives. He has successfully created and managed new business lines from start-up to market leadership.

“We welcome Steve as a key member of our team,” said David Rankin, executive director of the Great Lakes Protection Fund. “His depth of experience will further develop our programmatic strategy to take advantage of high-impact opportunities. With Steve’s leadership, we will explore innovative ways to accomplish our mission and will more deeply engage with the Great Lakes community, the innovation community, and our funding partners.”

Cole comes to the Great Lakes Protection Fund from his most recent role as a senior principal at Maven Wave Partners. Previously, he worked as a chief information officer at the Great Lakes Commission where he worked on a wide range of Great Lakes issues and led their Blue Accounting initiative. Cole holds a masters degree in business from the University of Georgia.

The Great Lakes Protection was created in 1989 by the Governors of the Great Lakes to help them protect and restore their shared Great Lakes resources.

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