Melissa joined Xerces in 2022 as Donor Engagement Specialist. A “retired” young farmer, Melissa is the co-founder of Sherrett Food Forest, a regenerative agroforestry site in Portland, Oregon. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and has worked with various conservation non-profits organizations over her career. Her experience working both behind the scenes in admin and development, and in the field as a horticulturist has informed her dedication for preserving biodiversity and protecting ecosystems.
Melissa lives in Portland, Oregon with her partner and young son, Ulysses. She enjoys growing flowers and herbs, singing and playing guitar, and spending time with family and friends.