Elaine Sterrett Isely

Director of Water Programs
esisely@wmeac.org | (616) 451-3051 ext 125

Elaine Sterrett Isely is a veteran of the West Michigan legal and environmental communities. She has served as a Research Associate and Assistant for the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute at Grand Valley State University, as the Project Manager for the West Michigan Strategic Alliance’s Green Infrastructure Initiative, and as a Sea Grant Fellow with the Great Lakes Commission. Elaine was also previously a litigation attorney working on behalf of social justice causes in West Michigan. She has served as a Staff Attorney for the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Inc. (Migrant Legal Aid) and Legal Aid of West Michigan in Grand Rapids.

As WMEAC’s Water and Low Impact Development Programs Director, she oversees a team of staff coordinators, fellows, interns, and volunteers working on programs such as Teach for the Watershed; WMEAC’s Rain Barrel Program; the West Michigan Fracking Collaborative; Adopt-a-Stream; the Grand River Clean-Ups; and community stormwater management projects in the Cities of Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Holland and several townships in the Lower Grand River Watershed and its tributaries.

A native of the Washington DC area, Elaine holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, a J.D. from the Wayne State University Law School, and a M.S. in Biology and Natural Resources Management from Grand Valley State University.