Julie Melton Joins New Mexico Board of Trustees

New Mexico

Julie Melton joins The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico's board of trustees. Trustees provide vital volunteer leadership that helps us protect the state’s land and water and leverage the organization’s conservation initiatives. They also help us build effective relationships to promote The Nature Conservancy’s mission and goals.

Julie has been a member of The Nature Conservancy for well over a decade, and thanks to her national and international connections, Julie is also helping to spread the word about TNC's work throughout the state and country.

She holds a doctorate from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins and has been a consultant to many international NGOs on the topics of microenterprise development and building partnerships between indigenous and international NGOs. While a fellow at the Program on Nonprofit Organizations at Yale, she taught a course at the Yale Forestry School on World Population, and she spent 10 years as a program officer at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, a democracy think tank. She is the author of three books on indigenous NGOs, including The Road from Rio: Sustainable Development and the Nongovernmental Movement in the Third World and Importing Democracy: The Role of NGOs in South Africa, Tajikistan and Argentina.

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