Cameron Davis, J.D.Vice President
Cameron Davis has spent more than three decades in the government, corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors.
In 2018, he was elected to serve in one of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago’s part-time commissionerships, overseeing the work of an agency with a $1.2 billion annual budget, some 2,000 staff, and responsibility for infrastructure, cybersecurity, and other matters affecting the public health of the second largest county in the U.S.
From 2009 to 2017, Davis served as Senior Advisor to two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrators in Washington, D.C., coordinating the work of 11 federal departments to invest more than $2.2 billion in funding to state, municipal, tribal, business, and civic stakeholders for contaminated sediment cleanups, fish contaminant matters, dam removals, wetland and habitat restoration, runoff reduction, invasive species prevention, and other related water resource matters. He also served as the Obama Administration’s liaison to Congress on Great Lakes matters. He was a lead negotiator with the U.S. State Department in its development of the 2012 U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He is a lead author of the Great Lakes Legacy Act, which leverages federal-private funding partnerships for cleanups to rehabilitate riverside and coastal property values.
Mr. Davis brings several skillsets to assist GEI clients, including: governmental and legislative affairs; stakeholder outreach; navigating regulatory and agency landscapes particularly with complex contaminated sediment and water resource matters; media and communications advice; and other relevant issues.
Prior to starting in federal service, Mr. Davis was a litigating attorney and adjunct clinical assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School before serving for 11 years as President and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Under his leadership, the organization won the American Bar Association’s Distinguished Award in Environmental Law & Policy, the first time for a public interest organization in the honor’s history.
- Award – Environment & Climate Change Canada (2017)
- Award – Great Lakes Advisory Board (2017)
- Award – Michigan Areas of Concern Conference (2017)
- Award – Great Lakes Fishery Commission (2015)
- Boards & Committees – DePaul University Sustainability Advisory Board