Marc Smith, National Wildlife Federation

Marc Smith

Policy Director
Great Lakes Regional Center - Ann Arbor, MI

Marc Smith is the Policy Director for the National Wildlife Federation. Marc directs NWF’s Great Lakes water programs. This includes work on implementing the Great Lakes Compact, wildlife habitat restoration, agriculture policy and invasive species work. He also directs wildlife conservation efforts with NWF’s state affiliate and other key organizations and stakeholders in Illinois and Ohio.

Currently, Marc is based out of the Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he has testified on a wide range of Great Lakes, wildlife and conservation issues before state, regional and national government bodies including the U.S. House of Representatives, Michigan and Ohio Legislature, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and Environmental Protection Agency.

Marc has assisted in the development of numerous publications while at NWF, including “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Implementation of the Great Lakes Compact,” “Protecting and Restoring the Kidneys of the Great Lakes: An Assessment of Wetland Programs in Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin,” and “Conservation Management of America’s Public Lands: An Assessment and Recommendations for Progress 25 years After FLPMA.”

Prior to being Policy Director, Marc was responsible for managing NWF’s partnerships and building strong conservation networks with its state affiliates in the Great Lakes region. Before that, Marc directed NWF’s public lands program in the Washington, D.C. office.

Before joining NWF in 2001, Marc worked for two Members of Congress. Serving as Senior Legislative Assistant for the late Congressman Bruce F. Vento for over four years, Marc handled the Congressman's Natural Resources Committee responsibilities and other legislative priorities. Marc also worked for former Congressman Robert A. Underwood as Senior Legislative Assistant focusing on environmental cleanup and military land management issues. Marc received his B.A. in History from West Virginia University.

His best accomplishment is being the proud father of two awesome children. Marc spends most of his free-time enjoying the Great Lakes with his family, fly-fishing, and playing/coaching soccer. You can follow Marc at and on Twitter at @GLakesOutdoors.

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