Community Relations Specialist
Whether it be through her childhood days of rescuing injured wildlife, or through her current outreach and communication efforts, Melanie's commitment to creating a peaceful relationship between people and wild nature emanates throughout each and every one of her actions.
Melanie is the Director of Communications & Outreach for the WILD Foundation, where she splits her time between local engagement programs and overseeing day-to-day communications initiatives. She received her BS in Photo-illustration from Kent State University, and her MA in Media & Public Engagement (with a focus on human-black bear coexistence in Boulder, CO) from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Melanie continues her coexistence work through a variety of programs in addition to Urban Coyote Initiative
, including her Bears & People Project
, serving on the board of the Community Fruit Rescue
, and advising undergraduates through the CU Wildlife Club
which she founded. She is a firm believer that the majority of human-wildlife conflicts can be resolved through thoughtful and proactive community solutions.