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Dr. Michael J. Donahue

Vice President and Director

Michael J. Donahue, Ph.D. is a corporate Vice President with URS Corporation, a global consulting firm specializing in planning, engineering, scientific analysis, architecture, and design. Dr. Donahue directs the company’s National Ecosystem Restoration Technology Practice and oversees special initiatives in the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Gulf Coast regions. Areas of special expertise include water resources planning, ecosystem restoration, adaptive management, and governance systems for complex, multi-jurisdictional resource management. He presently manages numerous multi-million dollar contracts for federal, state, municipal, and private sector clients nationwide. This includes Project Management responsibilities for an array of high profile initiatives involving large scale master planning for ecosystem restoration. Prior to joining URS in 2005, Dr. Donahue had a distinguished public sector career, serving for 17 years as President/ CEO of the Great Lakes Commission, a regional compact agency providing planning, program management, and technical services to federal, state, provincial, and local agencies in the U.S.- Canada Great Lakes Basin. Under his leadership, the agency realized a 20- fold increase in revenues and recognition from the former Michigan Attorney General for leading “the most effective organization of its kind in the world.” Dr. Donahue has served/ currently serves on over a dozen national/ international advisory boards, including Vice Chairman, Chief of Engineer’s Environmental Advisory Board; U.S. Chairman, Science Advisory Board- International Joint Commission; and a member of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Adjunct faculty appointments have included the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and University of Toledo, with guest lectures at multiple universities in the United States and Canada. He has published extensively in both peer-reviewed journals and the popular literature. Dr. Donahue is a three time graduate of the University of Michigan, where he holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management, a Master’s in Public Policy, and a Ph.D. in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning. His doctoral dissertation entailed the design and evaluation of watershed-based governance systems for resource management and ecosystem restoration in complex, multi-jurisdictional settings.

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