Delta Institute names Bill Schleizer as President & CEO

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Delta Institute names Bill Schleizer as President & CEO

Koya Leadership Partners congratulates Delta Institute on hiring Bill Schleizer as its President & CEO after a national search. Located in Chicago, IL, Delta Institute is a nonprofit that works to build both a resilient environment and economy through sustainable solutions. Delta takes a holistic approach to sustainability, finding opportunities to link improvement in environmental quality to economic development.

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.”

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. Read full press release here.

We are honored to have partnered with Delta Institute on this search – and look forward to hearing of the future successes of the organization under Bill Schleizer’s leadership!

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