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Delta Institute Announces the Appointment of Bill Schleizer as CEO

03.07.16 | Press

CHICAGO (March 7) – Delta Institute Board Chair Melissa Mayer announced that Bill Schleizer has been named president and chief executive officer, concluding a national executive search process. A long-time staff member at Delta Institute, Schleizer has been the organization’s Managing Director for the past five years.

In his 11 years at Delta Institute, Schleizer has led projects related to climate, agriculture, water, and ecosystems, and created new, innovative, and impactful programs that connect farmers and landowners with environmental markets to achieve both environmental and economic benefits. As Managing Director, he has managed overall program strategy and operations.

As CEO, Schleizer will drive Delta’s strategy, fundraising, external relations, and administrative efforts. He will work in partnership with Delta’s Board of Directors to scale the organization’s positive impact on the Great Lakes environment and economy.

“Having witnessed Bill’s dynamic leadership as Delta’s Managing Director over the last five years, I am confident that he is exactly the right person to guide Delta as it addresses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead,” said Mayer. “Bill’s depth of technical knowledge combined with his ability to ideate new approaches and partnerships is unparalleled, and I look forward to working closely with him to continue advancing Delta’s vision of a more resilient Chicago and Great Lakes region.”

“I have dedicated my career to advancing innovation within the environmental sector, and I’ve been fortunate to have spent over a decade at Delta doing just that,” said Schleizer. “I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Delta’s remarkably talented team to expand our work, build new partnerships, and deepen our impact.”

Former Delta Institute Chief Executive Officer Jean Pogge stepped down from her role in December 2015. Delta Institute’s executive search was conducted by Koya Leadership Partners, a firm that focuses exclusively on senior level searches in the nonprofit sector.

Prior to joining Delta in 2004, Bill was an environmental consultant for a variety of industries and specialized in water, air, and waste permitting and compliance. Schleizer holds an MS in Environmental Analysis and Decision Making from Rice University and a BS in Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environmental Studies from Tulane University.

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About Delta Institute

Delta Institute is a nonprofit organization that works throughout the Great Lakes region to build a resilient environment and economy through sustainable, market-driven solutions. Delta takes a holistic approach to sustainability, finding opportunities to link improvement in environmental quality to economic development. Since its founding in 1998, Delta has become a highly respected organization known as an effective facilitator and convener around issues of energy, brownfields, community revitalization, waste, and ecosystems in the Great Lakes region. Visit online at