Executive Director, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers

David Naftzger

David Naftzger serves as executive director 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, 100% fish and tourism marketing. He also spearheads an award-winning environmental program to protect about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water.

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.