Governor’s Former Deputy Secretary for the Environment Venetia Lannon
Joins The FUND for Lake George Board of Trustees
LAKE GEORGE, NY — Venetia Lannon, the former New York State deputy secretary for the environment and now a vice president with a nationally recognized environmental engineering firm, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Fund for Lake George.
As deputy secretary, Ms. Lannon served as environmental policy advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his cabinet and oversaw the operations of the state’s environmental agencies, including the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, the Environmental Facilities Corporation and the Adirondack Park Agency.
She now leads the New York City office for Matrix New World, a woman-owned, multifaceted environmental engineering firm with more than 170 employees and offices in four states. Her market development responsibilities with Matrix include climate adaptation services with a focus on nature-based systems for waterfront facilities and stormwater management.
“Venetia is a powerful addition to our Board, and we are honored to have her time and expertise working on the Lake’s behalf,” said Chairman Jeff Killeen. “I had the good fortune of working with Venetia on numerous occasions while she was in the Executive Chamber and always came away impressed with her intelligence, her innovative approach to problem-solving and her passion for environmental protection. Lake George, and The FUND for Lake George, are fortunate to have Venetia in our corner.”
Ms. Lannon said “Like so many people, I fell in love with Lake George the first time I visited. You just know in your heart when a place is special, and that’s the feeling I got about the Lake. It’s one of the most majestic and magical places in New York State.”
She said she was also struck by the threats posed to the Lake’s legendary clarity and cleanliness from aging septic systems and municipal wastewater treatment plants, road salt and invasive species — and quickly became “inspired by The FUND’s innovation and efficacy in addressing these challenges.”
“Their science-guided approach, their partnerships with local businesses and local governments, and the innovative ways they think about the Lake combine to create a true model for freshwater protection,” Ms. Lannon said. “I’m excited about becoming part of it.”
Ms. Lannon joined the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011 as Regional Director for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in New York City, overseeing 200 staff members and all aspects of DEC’s work in the city. Prior to that she served as senior vice president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she led the Maritime division and oversaw such key projects as the launch of the East River Ferry service and the development of a barge and rail-served municipal recycling facility in Brooklyn. She also served five years as deputy director of the Recycling Bureau at the New York City Department of Sanitation where she ran the city’s composting program and was an active contributor to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Solid Waste Management Plan.
Ms. Lannon earned her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College and her master’s in public administration from Columbia University.
She joins the following distinguished members of The FUND’s Board of Trustees: Chairman Jeff Killeen, Vice Chairman and Chief Development Officer Bob Bailey, Vice Chairman William Creighton, Secretary and Strategic Initiatives Officer Tom West, Chief Financial Officer Ike Wolgin, Lucinda H. Bhavsar, David Darrin, George R. Hearst III, Blair Keller, Dr. John E. Kelly III, Dr. John Johnston Macionis, Nancy Reuss, Donald Rice, and Dr. Linda Schadler.
The FUND for Lake George is the leading organization dedicated to protecting The Queen of American Lakes, through its innovative management model combining community partnerships; innovative science-guided projects; and direct investment in lake-protection efforts. In recent years The FUND has invested more than $7 million to curb invasive species, reduce the use of road salt, and abate the threats of wastewater and stormwater pollution. The FUND is a partner with IBM and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in The Jefferson Project, the world’s most advanced environmental monitoring system, whose data is driving many of the science-guided solutions currently in place in and around the Lake.