David Naftzger, Executive Director
David Naftzger serves as chief executive officer for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. He coordinates the efforts of eight U.S. Governors and two Canadian Premiers to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect its world-class environment.
David manages an innovative economic portfolio that includes impact investment, maritime transportation, export promotion and tourism marketing. He also spearheads an award-winning environmental program to protect about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water.
David directs government relations and communications. He has been widely quoted by media including The Economist, New York Times, USA Today, Chicago Tribune and many others.
Previously, David served as a City Councilman in Highland Park, Illinois, and as a government relations director serving State legislators in Washington, D.C.
He earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics; a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University; and, studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany.