Lauri Elbing has taken on the role of Executive Director of the Friends of the Shiawassee River. Lauri brings significant experience in nonprofits and environmental policy to her role as staff leader of the Friends. She served most recently as the Communications Director at the Flint River Watershed Council. Previously, she worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Wildlife Federation in Michigan, and on the staff of Congressman John Dingell. Lauri, of Flushing, has received training in volunteer water quality sampling and co-authored several publications on fisheries and water quality topics. In her free time, she is an avid kayaker, angler, and birder; she also enjoys a round of skeet when the opportunity presents itself.
Lauri succeeds Owosso native Devin Gill who began a graduate program in 2015 at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources. Devin's excellent work with volunteers and local governments left a strong foundation for the future growth of the Friends.