Michele Haynes is the Program Associate for Strategic Initiatives at the Conservation Finance Network (CFN). In her role she provides support and training on conservation financing strategies to the Sentinel Landscapes initiative, a partnership between USDA, DoD, and DOI to promote natural resource sustainability in areas surrounding military installations. She also co-creates educational resources and manages an internal strategy review with the goal of increasing the impact of CFN programming.
Before joining CFN, Michele worked at the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) as a Manager for the Impact Directed Environmental Accounts (IDEA) program. Her work included the management of all coastal resiliency projects in Louisiana funded by the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, a $2.5 billion fund for the restoration of natural resources affected by the Deepwater Horizon Spill. As the contract lead, she worked with partners to solicit, review, and contract project proposals and actively managed $600,000,000 of coastal projects with the State of Louisiana.
Michele has a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Biology from The College of William and Mary.