Melyssa Watson

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Vice President for Conservation


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Melyssa Watson is the Vice President for Conservation at The Wilderness Society. Melyssa came to The Wilderness Society in 1999 and co-founded our Wilderness Support Center working to build and lead grassroots wilderness campaigns across the country. She has served in a variety of leadership roles at TWS including Director of the Wilderness Support Center and Assistant Vice President for Southwestern Regional Conservation. During Melyssa’s tenure, The Wilderness Society has protected more than eight million acres of public land via wilderness and other conservation designations including passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Act of 2009 which protected 2.1 million acres. 

Prior to coming to TWS, Melyssa worked as a lobbyist and policy analyst for a Washington D.C.-based women’s health organization and as a staff assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Communications. Melyssa grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania along the upper Delaware River. She is now happily calls southwestern Colorado home, where she loves to explore the Four Corners with her husband Brian, daughter Kara and dog Paco.