An outdoor enthusiast from an early age, Jon combines his passion for Michigan’s natural resources and good public policy with his work in the firm’s environment and energy practice. His time spent canoeing Michigan’s rivers, hiking its trails, and exploring its woods gives Jon a real-world perspective on natural resource management. His love for adventure also feeds his penchant for pragmatism, thoroughness, and order when it comes to work. After all, you don’t complete multiday treks in remote wilderness without the ability to plan and execute.

Jon specializes in natural resource and environmental issues, including water quality, land use, and watershed and resource management. He conducts research and analysis and writes reports on a wide range of environmental issues. He also serves as the grant manager for the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, which is run and staffed by PSC. In this role, he works with local, state, and federal entities, universities, and nonprofit organizations that develop and administer projects to enhance, protect, and rehabilitate Great Lakes fishery resources.

Over the years, Jon has worked for several organizations—including a university-based policy research center, a trade association based in Washington D.C., and an environmental engineering and risk management company—that help him understand the multiple and differing views that shape public policy.

Email: jbeard@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BS with honors in Environmental Studies and Agriscience

With PSC since: August 2010

PSC superpower: Developing innovative methods to answer policy questions

Favorite part of working at PSC: It’s the best of both worlds—nonprofit work in a business environment

Why Michigan? Summers up north