Green Festival Speakers

Debra Shore



Shore is a Commissioner on the Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Elected to a sixyear term in 2006, Shore was the first openlygay nonjudicial candidate elected countywide in Cook County. Shore chairs committees on Stormwater Management and State Legislation and Rules and has been working to green the agency. Shore is currently Chairman of the Board of the Great Lakes Protection Fund and serves on the board of the Gay ; Lesbian Leadership Institute. Shore was the founding editor of Chicago Wilderness Magazine, is an active volunteer restoring prairies and oak woods in the forest preserves and was a founding board member of Friends of the Forest Preserves. Shore graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with a degree in Philosophy ; Visual Arts. She earned Master's degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia College (Chicago). In 2008, Shore earned a certificate in Executive Education from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Shore speaks and writes extensively about Great Lakes water issues, including essays on Huffington Post Chicago. Shore has climbed 42 of the 54 mountains in Colorado more than 14,000' high.