Instructor Profiles

Lois DeBacker, MPA

Lois DeBacker

Lois DeBacker is a Managing Director at The Kresge Foundation where she leads the Foundation’s Environment Program, which is focused on helping communities build their resilience in the face of climate change.  Lois joined the Kresge staff in February 2008. 

Lois’ prior experience includes more than 16 years of service at the C. S. Mott Foundation in a series of Program Department positions of progressive responsibility, including the role of Associate Vice President-Programs.  Before joining the C. S. Mott Foundation, Lois worked for ten years in Michigan state government in both policy development and program management capacities.

Lois received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.  Her graduate work focused on urban and domestic policy.

Lois is the recipient of the 2015 Nicholas P. Bollman Award from the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.  She serves on the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan’s Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and as the secretary of the board of directors of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  She is the immediate past board president of the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.  

Courses Taught by Lois DeBacker