Thomas R. Crane – Deputy Director
Tom Crane joined the Great Lakes Commission in 1986 and has more than 35 years of Great Lakes research, coordination and policy experience. Crane has served as deputy director of the GLC since 2008. As deputy director, he is responsible for overseeing many of the administrative, operational, human resources, financial and programmatic functions of the agency.
Crane has also served twice as interim executive director (2005-2006 and 2017-2018), resource management program manager (1990-2004; 2006-2008) and natural resources program specialist (1986-1990).
In fulfilling his programmatic duties, Crane serves as the lead staff person for several distinct projects done in partnership with other agencies including the Great Lakes Dredging Team, the Regional Sediment Management Team, Great Lakes Science Vessel Coordination and the Area Contingency Planning Program.
Before joining the Commission, Crane’s previous work included positions with the Great Lakes Basin Commission, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and several years of NGO experience in Virginia and Missouri where Crane directed two citizen-based environmental groups. Crane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resources and a Master of Science degree in water resources management from the University of Michigan.