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President and Chief Executive Off...

Phone: (517) ***-****  HQ Phone
Michigan Oil and Gas Association
124 W Allegan St # 1610
Lansing , Michigan 48933
United States

Company Description: Michigan Oil and Gas Association provides a forum for industry spokesmen and for various state, local and federal officials. In addition to providing the...   more

Employment History


  • master's degree , resource development
    University of Michigan
  • bachelor's degree , environmental science
    Central Michigan University
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Michigan Basin Geological Society, 28 Feb 2015 [cached]
Presented By Erin McDonough, Executive Director/President, Michigan Oil and Gas Association
Erin McDonough is currently President & CEO of the Michigan Oil And Gas Association (MIOGA). Prior to joining MIOGA, she was the Executive Director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), the nation's oldest and largest statewide conservation organization.
She is currently a Board Member of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executives. Erin has her MS in Resource, Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan and a dual BS in Geology and Environmental Science from Central Michigan University.
Erin is a live-long Michigander and lover of our state's beautiful outdoors. She grew up on, what she believes to be Michigan's most special place, Beaver Island. She loves all kinds of fishing, especially when her husband does the cleaning; she knows her grandpa loved her more after she shot her first deer; she still does not know where her dad finds all those morel mushrooms; and if she practiced what her brother calls "patience" she might up her sporting clays score. Erin currently lives in Williamston with her husband Rob and their daughter, Arden Ruth.
The rules eventually will prove more ..., 10 Feb 2015 [cached]
The rules eventually will prove more costly for oil and gas companies, according to Erin McDonough, Michigan Oil and Gas Association president and chief executive.
"It's expensive but it's a compromise," McDonough said.
DEPA Executive Committee & Board - DEPA, 10 Feb 2015 [cached]
Erin McDonough Michigan Oil and Gas Association
As a mom to a 15-month-old ..., 5 Nov 2014 [cached]
As a mom to a 15-month-old and President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Erin McDonough isn't worried about finding a balance between the two worlds, her only concern is being the best she can be at both.
Appointed President and CEO of The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) three months ago, McDonough is settling into her new role and learning everything she can about the trade.
"I'm learning to understand everything, but more importantly I am learning to explain it," McDonough said. "There is a lot of misinformation out there, and I work to teach people there is nothing to be afraid of. Our members and I do a lot of work speaking and educating on the protective regulations in Michigan, so people can really understand what we do."
A typical day for McDonough can include almost anything from a speaking engagement to strategic planning. Her days book up fast but the constant action of her position keeps McDonough on her toes and solid in her career choice.
"Oh gosh, when I was younger I would never have thought I would be doing this, but every day is different and that is really what I love about it. The diversity of things you get to do in this position is what keeps it interesting. There is marketing, administration, education and communication. That is what I find appealing and most fulfilling," said McDonough.
It is interesting meeting their children or grandchildren who are getting ready to take over the business and how much they care about what they do," said McDonough.
But the MOGA isn't just about business, it works to support and protect the state as well. McDonough explains it isn't as black and white as some people make it out to be.
We have geologists, CPAs, engineers, builders, I mean the list goes on and I am lucky, I get to represent them all," said McDonough.
McDonough holds a bachelor degree in geology from Central Michigan University, a masters in policy from the University of Michigan and worked for more than a decade with the Michigan United Conservation Club (MUCC). Before joining MOGA, McDonough was Executive Director at MUCC and learned how to navigate the governmental jungle like a pro.
"When I started here I learned a lot about oil and gas. But when it comes to political systems and the process you would use to move legislation and regulation, that process doesn't change. The process by which you do things is the same, the people I work with are different, but really the two groups share a lot of ground, so I feel comfortable here," McDonough said.
Though McDonough's position with MOGA is fairly new, her experience has made the transition easy and her positive outlook and dedication keeps her driven.
"You're only limited by creativity and your ability to raise money. And if you have a good group of people, work to be creative and put a little elbow grease behind it you can take a concept and make it a reality and that is fun," said McDonough. "Even if it doesn't work, at least we tried something new and kept moving forward."
McDonough says she didn't get where she is today alone, she credits friends, family and mentors for helping guide her to find her passion. Two individuals she notes as influential people in her career are Donna Stine and Dennis Muchmore. Each gave her the confidence, courage and support she needed to find her place at MOGA and make an impact as a female leader in the community.
"As women we have to get it in our heads that our opinions and our leadership has value and we have to act that way," said McDonough.
As a powerful woman she also places her role as mother above all else. McDonough believes you can have your cake and eat it too. Or in this case, have a high profile, exciting and diverse job and have a happy home too.
"We have a 15 month old and we like to joke that we are a high-functioning team. And really we are two professionals who love our jobs and are making it work to have a family too," McDonough said. "Before we had our daughter I don't know if we had balance, but now that we have her it has brought us together. We love our jobs, we just love her more, so we make time and it's worth it."
McDonough and her husband, Rob, are proud parents to baby Arden Ruth and credit her for making them even better at their jobs.
I would tell people you can do both and do both well," McDonough said.
Press Release - LANSING-After serving as ... [cached]
Press Release - LANSING-After serving as executive director of Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) for five years, Erin McDonough has accepted a position as the President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA). McDonough led MUCC's return as a conservation powerhouse in Michigan by focusing on its core mission and transitioning to...
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