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Vice President for Conservation Programs
Melly brings her Montana ranching roots and over two decades of conservation work in East Africa to the Vice President for Conservation Programs position at the Center. She works with the senior leadership team to guide the Center’s programs, strategic conservation planning, development, and the implementation of projects.
Throughout her career, Melly has worked at multiple scales from local and regional to international. Her graduate research at University of Washington led her to work on elephant corridors in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania and she continued working on elephant movement with Kenya Wildlife Service. Melly builds partnerships and collaborates with community leaders to bring enduring conservation solutions to the ground, while strengthening cooperative communities around large landscape conservation. Melly is founder and director of an eco-tourism safari company in Tanzania, African Environments and is a founder of the Tanzanian nonprofit, Tazama Trust.
Melly now lives full time in Bozeman MT and enjoys all activities that involve being outside with her family. She has a long history of mountaineering and other outdoor pursuits including skiing, mountain biking, riding horses, and sailing.
- M.S. in Wildlife Ecology, University of Washington
- B.S. in Environmental Science and Writing, The Evergreen State College