Melissa leads the Just Transition Fund’s events and convenings strategy, helping to foster community and shared knowledge across the just transition field. Melissa brings over a decade of experience in nonprofit leadership and event management. Most recently, Melissa worked in higher education administration at Virginia Tech and the University of Tennessee, promoting community-building and leadership development for students. Previously, Melissa served in fundraising, administrative leadership, and executive support roles at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and the Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition. Meissa’s career began with three years in the Anthropology and American Indian Liaison program at Yosemite National Park, before completing her Master’s in Applied Environmental Anthropology at Northern Arizona University.

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