A Stronger FLOW

FLOW Welcomes Development Specialist Calli Crow

FLOW, the Great Lakes law and policy center based in Traverse City, is excited to announce the growth of our staff. 

Calli Crow has joined FLOW’s team as our new Development Specialist. She started July 20 and is working to connect FLOW with supporters and resources that propel our work to safeguard the Great Lakes and drinking water for all of us.

“We are thrilled to welcome Calli to FLOW’s passionate and talented team,” said FLOW Executive Director Liz Kirkwood. “She has an excellent track record of community engagement at organizations throughout Grand Rapids and we’re excited about what she brings to FLOW.”

Calli comes to FLOW as a true believer in the power and magic of intentional volunteer engagement to advance missions, generate community support, and create advocates for the cause. She passionately supports FLOW’s mission to protect the Great Lakes and brings her experience in nonprofit fundraising, events, and volunteer engagement to the fund-development team. 

A graduate of Grand Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, Calli holds a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and is a Certified Volunteer Administrator. She comes to FLOW from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she most recently worked for the award-winning Kent District Library system as a volunteer engagement specialist. A volunteer herself, while in Grand Rapids, she gave her time to the boards of the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition and Volunteer Management Association of West Michigan.

“I was born and raised in Southern Illinois near the Indiana and Kentucky borders. My Aunt Patti and Uncle Ron moved to Michigan when I was a kid, and I got to visit one summer. I’ll never forget my first glimpse of Lake Michigan!,” Calli recalls. “I thought, ‘It’s the ocean! But it doesn’t sting my eyes!’ I eventually came back up to visit my cousin Angie on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and mostly have been in Michigan ever since.”

Water has long been her happy place.

As for my favorite place in Michigan, growing up on the Mighty Wabash, I’ve always been a river person, and kayaking and river floats are my absolute favorite way to spend a day. My favorite river to float in Michigan so far is the Pine in the Manistee National Forest. I’m always blown away by the beauty of the trees and wildlife and clear flowing water. And this may be odd to native Michiganders, but the joy of a sandy bank is never lost on me! Southern Illinois is a muddy, mucky place where water meets land. Hooray for Michigan!”

Calli’s fun fact: She once rode her bike from Grand Rapids to Chicago to support alternative transportation by participating in the Climate Ride. “We traveled over 300 miles in four days!”

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