Press Release Aug. 4, 2021: GLIA hires project manager, announces Island Summit Oct. 3-6

For Immediate Release

GLIA hires project manager, announces Island Summit Oct. 3-6

Peter Huston, Project Manager
Great Lakes Islands Alliance
Phone 781-626-4732

August 4th, 2021

Ann Arbor, MI- The Great Lakes Islands Alliance (GLIA), a voluntary, bi-national network of leaders from 15 populated islands in the Great Lakes, has taken a major step forward with the hiring of its first paid employee. Peter Huston, of Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island), Ohio, was hired as the GLIA Project Manager starting in July 2021. Huston’s objective is to further establish the structure of the four-year old alliance, help develop GLIA’s communications and programmatic focus areas, and guide its transition into a sustainable entity.

Among his first tasks is to help organize the 2021 Great Lakes Islands Summit to be hosted by four Lake Erie islands (Kelleys, Middle Bass, Pelee, and South Bass) from October 3-6. This will be GLIA’s fourth regional event which will feature travel to five our Lake Erie Islands.

Registration is now open at:

Peter’s two-year position is funded through a generous grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and will be supported also by The Stewardship Network, a non-profit organization specializing in collaborative conservation and empowering communities. Lisa Brush, CEO and founder of The Stewardship Network, says “We are thrilled to support the islands and help give a voice to these rural underrepresented communities.” Another GLIA partner, Matt Preisser with the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, welcomed Huston and noted “Peter’s background and unique skill set will offer new ways for GLIA to connect the distant island communities. GLIA’s ceiling remains very high!”

More on Peter Huston:

After finishing studies at Ohio State Universities’ School for Film, Peter attended Boston University where he received his degree in broadcasting and film from the School of Public Communication (SPC’81). In 1992, Peter co-produced “WorldScape,” a 13-part PBS series hosted by Walter Cronkite featuring maritime historical painter John Stobart. In 1993, Peter and two partners established Emotion Pictures and created the award winning series “The Visionaries”, hosted by Sam Waterston. In 2010, Peter established FilmAffects to pursue documentary and factual program production. Peter also directed the EMMY-nominated documentaries “Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial” and “Trail Magic, The Grandma Gatewood Story”. As director and senior producer, Peter has continued to produce programming for PBS, Hallmark, Odyssey, Home & Garden, and has co-produced a feature film and continues to do scores of corporate and educational projects. Peter was honored as Put-in-Bay Islander of the Year, is the past President of the Put-in-Bay Arts Council, past Chairman of the Planning Board, and director of the bicentennial celebration for The Perry Group (Friends of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial). He is on the board of directors at the Lake Erie Island Historical Society and Lake Erie Shores and Islands and is past president of the Ottawa County Visitors Bureau. Most recently, Peter was Director of the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce. He is now the Project Manager for Great Lakes Islands Alliance.