Molly Flanagan

Environment Program Consultant
Portrait of Molly Flanagan

Molly Flanagan serves in the role of half-time Consultant for the Environment Program at the Joyce Foundation through a secondment with her employer the Alliance for the Great Lakes, where she continues to work half-time as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Programs. Molly has worked at the Alliance since April 2015. Under her leadership, the Alliance has expanded its efforts to develop policy solutions to deeply-rooted problems in Lake Erie and move toward a more inclusive Great Lakes policy agenda that strives to ensure all residents of the basin have access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.

Previous to her time with the Alliance, Molly was a senior program officer in the Environment Program at the Joyce Foundation where she led critical work that transformed the ability of the Great Lakes region to respond to its most significant water challenges. Molly received her B.A. in environmental studies from Denison University. She is an avid runner with multiple marathons under her belt, loves to travel, and has built her career around protecting the Great Lakes, which is both a personal and professional passion of hers.

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Research Report

Lead in school drinking water

New Joyce-funded report by NASBE and Elevate on how states are dealing with the issue of lead in school drinking water and offers recommendations on how to improve.

Policy Watch

Illinois makes history against climate change

The Foundation congratulates all of its grantees and coalition partners who worked for years with perseverance and commitment to pass a historic new Illinois law making the state a national leader in the battle against climate change.

Policy Watch

Getting the lead out

Illinois lawmakers mandate that utilities replace toxic lead water lines, a decades old threat. New legislation provides for state grants and technical assistance and prioritizes communities at highest risk–Black and Latino.

Policy Watch

Energy efficiency

Under-resourced communities in Minnesota soon will receive a jolt of financial support for energy efficiency, thanks to newly passed legislation to help the state achieve its decarbonization goals equitably.


Foundation’s Cisar to advise EPA on water

The Foundation is excited to announce that Elizabeth Cisar, co-director of our Environment program, has been invited to serve for a year as a senior advisor in the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Lake Michigan’s Hidden Threats

Featuring op-ed columns by Elizabeth Cisar, co-director of the Joyce Foundation’s Environment Program, and several Joyce grantees who focus on water issues.

Policy Watch

Keeping out carp

With new funding and approvals, planning and design is moving forward on a long-envisioned, comprehensive project to help block invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes.

Research Report

Toxic Threat in Federally Assisted Housing

New study reveals widespread exposure to Superfund sites, decades of environmental racism.