Dea Larsen Converse

Dea Larsen Converse with Clean Lakes Alliance

“I believe in our mission of bringing people together for the lakes. If we can come together as a community, we can make the lakes a favorite Madison destination again.”

Dea Larsen Converse

Community & Watershed Resources Manager

Dea Larsen Converse is the Community and Watershed Resource Manager for Clean Lakes Alliance. She has more than 30 years of experience as a science writer, editor, policy analyst, and grant manager. Her writing experience includes national and state policy strategies and studies, and educational and outreach documents. She has also written speeches for various Wisconsin governors at coastal management outreach events.

As an editor, she has worked for the Water Resources Management graduate program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and at Plenum Publishing in New York City. Dea has budget and policy experience from the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Dea has been working with Clean Lakes Alliance since 2012. She was the lead author for the first State of the Yahara Lakes report card. She helped write the State of the Lakes Annual Report in each of the years that followed. Dea also wrote, in collaboration with the Clean Lakes Alliance Strategic Direction Committee, the Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan for Phosphorus Reduction. 

Dea earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin. She is past co-chair of the Friends of Starkweather Creek and remains on the board where she has been a member since 2012. Dea lives with her kids, husband, and rambunctious dog in a beautiful old house near the shores of Lake Monona.

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