Marylhurst M.B.A. alum Melissa Fisher ’12 was promoted to Kauai program director for The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii in March 2017.
Melissa Fisher isn’t new to directing activities for The Nature Conservancy — she’s been the deputy director of the Kauai program since 2011. But she’s taking over for Trae Menard, who launched the Kauai program in 2005.
“It’s been this transition over the years and I’ve just been taking on more and more,” Fisher said. “It’s nice to get the promotion and have that happen.”
Fisher started with The Nature Conservancy in 2008 as a project coordinator. Her first project was working on an environmental assessment for a 4.5-mile fencing project, which meant managing all aspects of the environmental assessment process.
“It really just gave me a deep dive into conservation,” Fisher said. “I was hooked; it was my own back yard that I was working to protect.”
In 2011, Fisher was promoted to Kauai program deputy director.
“My boss stepped up as the statewide person and for the past few years I was running it, and he would look over his shoulder now and then to check on it,” Fisher said. “It’s nice to have the recognition and get promoted.”
In 2012, Fisher participated in the conservancy’s Emerging Leaders Program, and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Marylhurst University.
In addition to her work on Kauai, Fisher led The Nature Conservancy’s Women in Nature diversity initiative and has contributed to operational improvements that enable the global organization to more efficiently manage equipment life cycles, contracts, databases and risk.
“You can connect people and your efforts become larger — that’s true both for women’s groups and for conservation,” she said. “I’m eager to keep doing all I can for Kauai, not only for my friends and family, but Hawaii, our planet and future generations.”
This news item is an excerpt from an article published in The Garden Island on May 28, 2017. » Read the full article
Melissa Fisher earned her M.B.A. from Marylhurst University in 2012.