As director of development, Melissa leads our fundraising efforts and outreach to foundations, corporations and individuals. She brings years of development and partnership expertise to our team, with a background in conservation. Most recently, Ehrenreich served as the executive director of the D.C. Social Innovation Project, a social enterprise and innovation incubator focused on tackling the root causes of poverty in Washington, D.C. She also served in numerous roles with the Ocean Conservancy from 2006 to 2013, including capital campaign manager, director of program effectiveness, and acting director of the Trash Free Seas initiative. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and spent her college years researching on the Choptank River. Ehrenreich lives in Greenbelt, MD and enjoys hunting edible mushrooms, native plant gardening, and forest hikes with her husband and three sons.
Helen coordinates the Conservancy’s individual giving program, focusing on Annual Fund giving, donor stewardship, and development operations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Dance from Ursinus College. She lives in Annapolis with her cat Weezer and enjoys reading and going to pub trivia.
Jared is responsible for managing the Conservancy’s grants program, which includes research of corporate and foundation funding sources, writing grant proposals and reports, and coordinating with Conservancy staff to ensure grant fulfillments are properly made and documented. He brings a writing background that includes grant and speech writing for the University of Pennsylvania, work for BBC Wildlife Magazine, and general and medical news writing.
Before coming to the Conservancy, Jared was a lecturer at both Rowan and Philadelphia Universities, teaching courses on cultural ecology, cultural anthropology, Native Americans, and ethnographic research methods. He has worked extensively with the Hopi tribe in Arizona and has conducted fieldwork in Costa Rica with the Center for Responsible Travel at Stanford University.
Jared holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, and a master’s degree in applied sociocultural anthropology with a focus on cultural ecology from Northern Arizona University. In his spare time, Jared likes to hike, bike, read, and occasionally noodle on the guitar and mandolin.