James Tye

James Tye

Executive Director

James Tye, Executive Director of Clean Lakes Alliance


“I love it that our communities are built around the lakes, not just physically, but culturally as well.”

James’ connection to the lakes runs deep, as he grew up swimming, waterskiing and sailing on Lake Mendota. As a lifelong Madison resident, he has seen many changes in the Yahara lakes over the years, and is excited to now have the opportunity to work on their behalf.

James has experience working for both nonprofit and for-profit businesses such as Capital Newspapers and Downtown Madison, Inc. Currently, his projects include implementing Yahara CLEAN, marketing and promoting various lake events, creating more community engagement within the watershed, and continuing to expand the alliance of organizations, people and businesses that care for our lakes.

James lives in Madison, has deep roots in his community, and currently serves on the boards of organizations such as Overture Center for the Arts, Taliesin Preservation, Inc., and Friends of James Madison Park.