Anna-Lisa Castle

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Great Lakes Regional Network
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Water Policy Manager
Alliance for the Great Lakes
Chicago, IL

As Water Policy Manager at the Alliance for the Great Lakes, Anna-Lisa implements policy and advocacy campaigns across the Great Lakes region to protect clean drinking water, advance water infrastructure funding and financing priorities, ensure water affordability for Great Lakes residents, and move Asian carp prevention efforts forward. Anna-Lisa serves as a convener, organizer, and relationship builder at all levels of government with an emphasis on state level policy across the region and municipal issues in Northeast Illinois. Prior to joining the policy team, Anna-Lisa served as Content Manager and Staff Writer, in which she developed strategies to engage tens of thousands of constituents and created a broad range of content to advance the Alliance’s volunteer programs, advocacy campaigns, and organizational development goals. 

Before joining the Alliance, Anna-Lisa served as Director of Development and Communications at Communities United, a Chicago-based organizing and advocacy group focus on affordable housing, healthcare access, education and restorative justice issues. She previously lived in Sweden where, among other adventures, she studied elections, taught Swedish for Immigrants (Sfi), and completed a residency at an organic farm where she learned about sustainable agriculture. Anna-Lisa is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public policy and administration at Northwestern University. She received her BA from Cornell University, where she was a Mellon Mays Fellow and first got involved in environmental and social justice work. Anna-Lisa is a triathlete and marathoner and in her spare time, she loves puzzling, catching up on local politics, and hanging out with her dog.