Michelle serves as the Director of Communications and Development. In this role she manages all fundraising efforts (individual and major gifts, grant writing and sponsorship) and oversees the continued development of the NDC brand. Born in the Texas Hill Country, Michelle has always had a love for natural space. While earning her M.A. in environmental anthropology, Michelle conducted research on the role that values play in private landowners’ long-term conservation activities. She has found a great fit in the NDC’s dedicated team that works to enhance visitors’ personal connection to nature. Armed with a passion for parks and nonprofit management, Michelle enjoys leveraging her background to build support for the NDC by telling its story and sharing its programmatic impact across Greater Houston.