Laura Rose Day became President and CEO of 7 Lakes Alliance in September, 2018, bringing to the Belgrade Lakes community in-depth and diverse experience in watershed management. As a long-time Kennebec watershed resident, she, her husband and two sons also appreciate paddling, boating, hiking and otherwise enjoying the outdoors and community of the Belgrade Lakes region. Laura has most recently provided strategic consulting expertise on conservation issues as a Principal in Source to Sea Consulting, LLC. For thirteen years prior, she was Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, the non-profit formed to lead an historic multi-party effort to restore nearly 2000 miles of sea-run fish habitat while maintaining energy production. There she helped develop and led innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches and teams, including a coordinated campaign to successfully raise over $60 million in public and private funds to fully implement the project.
Laura’s career began in the Great Lakes as Regional Counsel for of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, then as the Lake Superior and Biodiversity Project Manager and Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation where she also taught environmental law seminars and oversaw the environmental law clinic for the University of Michigan. Laura also served as Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Watershed Program; helped develop and direct Maine Rivers, a statewide watershed organization; and serves on Maine Woods Forever and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. Laura has degrees in wildlife management (B.S., Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University) and law (J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law).