June 29, 2010
Lana Pollack takes oath of office as Chair of U.S. Section,
International Joint Commission
At a meeting of the International Joint Commission (IJC) today, U.S. Section Chair Lana Pollack made a solemn declaration to faithfully and impartially perform the duties assigned under the Boundary Waters Treaty. Ms. Pollack was appointed to the IJC by President Barack Obama, effective on June 26, 2010.
Throughout a diverse career in public office, education and the public interest sector, Chair Pollack has demonstrated effective and thoughtful leadership on a range of public policy issues. She served from 1996-2008 as President of the Michigan Environmental Council, a coalition of 70 environmental organizations working to protect the Great Lakes and Michigan's natural resources and environment. She was elected three times to the Michigan legislature, serving as a state Senator from 1983-1994. As a state Senator, Ms. Pollack became a leading advocate for women, children and the environment. In addition, Ms. Pollack was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and taught at the University of Michigan.
The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.