Eric Lipson is a native Detroiter who came to Ann Arbor for Law School in the 1970’s, fell in love with the town and his future wife, and has lived here ever since.
He is a UM Law Grad whose first legal job was at UM Student Legal Services, defending students in landlord/tenant and criminal matters. He has advocated for students ever since, especially on the issues of better street lighting and services in student areas. He now helps friends and acquaintances with legal matters.
Most of Eric’s employment has been in the non-profit world in such jobs as Recycle Ann Arbor’s Re-use Center Manager, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor student housing coops, and Interim Director of the U of M Lloyd Scholars where he helped in actively recruiting and retaining minority students and LGBTQ students.
He has worked for AAATA and SMART for which he wrote parts of the Five Year Transit Development plan and Environmental impact statements. And for SEMCOG he made a film on Water Quality.
He has a long affiliation with the Fresh Air Society of Detroit and was a camper, staff member and director of their outdoor education programs in the U.S. and Canada. At Fresh Air Camps thousands of school kids were safely hosted at residential programs in the US and Canada.
He has worked on numerous environmental causes including the Returnable Bottle Bill and the Michigan Safe Energy Coalition, an anti-nuclear group. He has spoken to the MI Public Service Commission in favor of true net metering for solar installations.
Eric is or has been a member of:
the Ann Arbor Planning Commission and the Housing Board of Appeals and is a strong supporter of tenants’ rights.
the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor and it's Anti-Racism Committee.
the Coalition for Action on Remediation of Dioxane (CARD) (6 years)
sits on the Board of the Haiti Nursing Foundation and has sent his decadomes to St Vincent Center for Disabled Children and the YMCA of Haiti.
is a longtime volunteer at Mott Children’s Hospital.
was on the board of the Scrap Box of Ann Arbor.
He builds DecaDomes®, durable, lightweight, quick-to-build shelters, which have been used in Haiti and Bangladesh.
Eric is married to Lorene Sterner, a staff member at the U of M Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. They have three children, all of whom attended the Ann Arbor public schools, U of M, and WCCC.
Eric is a firm believer in participatory democracy and giving back to the community he loves.