Director, Environmental Programs, Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368
Kathy Luther has been the Director of Environmental Programs at the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission since 2006. She currently manages all environmental projects and programs for the organization. These include a diverse variety of topics including environmental mitigation and consultation processes for transportation projects, environmental education, air and water quality public outreach; diesel engine retrofits projects, brownfield programs, watershed and water quality planning, and the Marquette Plan.
In addition to project and program management, she also serves as the Commission’s primary liaison with environmental and natural resource agencies and advocacy groups. She has 15 years of experience as an environmental professional in the region.
After completing her MSES and MPA degrees from Indiana University in School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Kathy was employed at the Northwest Regional Office of IDEM as the Lake Michigan Lakewide Management Plan Coordinator for seven years. In that capacity she worked with partners throughout our local region as well as the larger Great Lakes basin to improve Lake Michigan through activities such as chairing the E. coli Task Force.
Prior to coming to NIRPC she worked as a Project Manager for Microbac Laboratories, in Merrillville where she managed a wide variety of environmental testing projects for clients throughout the Chicago metro area.