Michael Kelly

Director, Great Lakes Office, Conservation Acquisition


Mike KellyMichael manages the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, one of The Conservation Fund’s longest running watershed restoration and sustainability programs. WIN includes a variety of corporate and philanthropic partners and is administered through a unique partnership with the Dow Chemical Company. Michael is also responsible for real estate acquisition and land conservation financing projects, in partnership with other regional offices throughout the Great Lakes region.

Formerly a city manager and nonprofit executive, Michael implemented a variety of projects to help build organizational capacity, establish fundraising programs, develop marketing and social media strategies and implement complex conservation, restoration and financing projects. This diverse background enables Michael to offer a variety of partners unique and creative solutions to conservation challenges.

Michael holds an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University, with an emphasis in finance, and a B.S. in Resource Development from Michigan State University, with an environmental policy and economics emphasis.

Contact: kellym@conservationfund.org   Phone: 989-892-9171   Office: Freeland, Michigan

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