As the Conservation Operations Manager, Melissa Koskinen is responsible for initiating, designing and leading a wide variety of special projects that strengthen the organization and enhance our conservation outcomes. She serves as a close partner to the Vice President for Conservation to ensure priority projects and strategic initiatives are integrated, well supported and efficiently implemented.
Melissa has been with TWS since 2005. She has led professional development trainings and conferences including Wilderness Week and Women and Wilderness, provided grassroots organizing, outreach and fundraising support to wilderness campaigns, and managed the operations of the Durango, Colorado office. Melissa comes to TWS from the Crested Butte Land Trust where she was responsible for stewardship, outreach, administration and fundraising.
Melissa has a M.Ed. in Education and Human Resource Studies from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Human Ecology and a minor in Human Development from Arizona's Prescott College.