Tom is the program director for groundwater, surface water and agriculture.
He works to advance an innovative, pragmatic policy agenda that encourages environmentally sustainable agriculture and water conservation across Michigan. That work is boosted through his appointments to Michigan’s Water Use Advisory Council, Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program Advisory Council, Michigan’s Pesticide Advisory Council, Michigan’s Generally Accepted Agricultural Management Practices Task Force, Michigan Agriculture Advancement and the Rural Michigan Initiative.
The Lanstronaut joined MEC in October 2016 after serving as an environmental consultant in Kalamazoo. He specialized in market-based solutions that incentivized municipalities and agricultural entities to control water runoff.
Prior, Tom received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Adrian College and a master’s degree from Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The Allen Park native can be found enjoying a number of his home state’s offerings: northern Michigan’s nature, the farm bureau’s policy handbook, a craft beer and bagels from Rye Bakery in Flushing (approved by his wife, Meg, whose East Coast roots make her a bagel connoisseur).