Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce
in Partnership with the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability
- Produced a $278 million funding proposal for a 250-mile green infrastructure and bicycle-pedestrian network within Shelby County, based on the award-winning Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan.
- Worked with Memphis-area CEOs and business leaders to refine Greenprint implementation strategy at quarterly meetings of the Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle Committee to ‘Advance Green Space for Citizens and to Retain Talent.’
- Lobbied local governments on adoption of the Greenprint Plan; total resolutions were passed in all 22 jurisdictions (100% success rate). Unanimous regional adoption strengthened Shelby County’s grant application to HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, for which the County received a $60.4 million grant.
- Led research trips to St. Louis, MO; Houston, TX; and Atlanta, GA, to investigate administrative and funding strategies successfully utilized for the implementation of other regional green infrastructure plans. Memphis partners gained advice from strategists, advocates, leaders, and lobbyists during two days of informational meetings and site tours in each city.
- Managed all Greenprint-related public outreach and communications; authored press releases, newspaper articles, monthly e-newsletters, and performed live interviews on radio and television.
- Created and hosted biannual Greenprint Summits, bringing together dozens of organizational partners and hundreds of Mid-South residents, to celebrate the implementation progress of the Greenprint. Summits have featured national keynote speakers and panels of local experts.
Director of Communications and Trail Programs
American Hiking Society
- Promoted from Manager to Director of Communications and Trail Programs in January 2014.
- Led national outreach to Federal and State agencies, trail and recreation clubs, national non-profits, and outdoor retailers to host outdoor recreation and trail stewardship events for National Trails Day 2012-2014, increasing total number of registered activities by up to 10% annually.
- Managed the development, distribution and maintenance of all print and electronic media for members and stakeholders. Served as chief editor for quarterly member newsletters, annual reports and program reports. Changing newsletter formats and internalizing the design responsibilities drastically reduced publication costs by 65% (a savings of over $7,000 per issue), while improving quality and impact.
- Collaborated with Development Director to produce sponsorship deliverables, and to develop new strategic partnerships and fundraising opportunities for American Hiking Society.
- Led project management for new company website. Successful Implementation resulted in robust site management capabilities, increased potential for stakeholder interaction and donor solicitation, with the benefit of annual cost-savings around 25%.
- Modernized the National Trails Fund competitive grant program to an online application process and streamlined application review. Led the application and evaluation processes in 2012-2014.
INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
The Wilderness Society, Conservation Funding Policy Intern
- Assembled and formatted the annual Green Budget Report containing top environmental organization’s federal green budget recommendations for fiscal year 2012.
- Represented TWS at Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) meetings and worked with Alliance members to develop refuge fact sheets and web articles.
World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF France), Volunteer
- Assisted vineyard and dairy farm owners with wine and cheese production.
- Learned all aspects of wine and cheese production from raw material procurement, processing, bottling and packaging, marketing and distribution.
The Smith-Free Group, Policy Intern
- Tracked legislation and prepared detailed memos and hearing reports on issues related to intellectual property, securities and investor fraud, Internet piracy, oil spill response, and more.
- Summarized government reports, including two Inspector General reports on the SEC’s handling of the Madoff and Stanford Ponzi Schemes.
- Developed briefing materials and presentations for Congressional staff
Vanderbilt University, B.A.: Economics, Environmental Public Policy, 2010
University of California, Berkeley, Summer Institutes: Architecture, Summer 2011
PERSONAL SKILLS & INTERESTS
- Expert in Graphic Design: Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
- Expert in Constant Contact and Mailchimp email marketing tools
- Proficient in CMS and Webhosting management; Competent HTML, PHP, SQL, ARCGIS
- Proficient in Spanish Language
- Plays Piano, Guitar, and Drumset
- Enjoys Hiking, Kayaking, Tennis, Basketball, and Boxing
- Member of The Wilderness Society, The Nature Conservancy, American Hiking Society, the Wolf River Conservancy, and the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy.
- Married to Cathya Olivas Michels, resident at the University of Maryland Health Science Center, Baltimore, Maryland.