Melanie Ingalls is a creative strategist and communicator with a lifelong passion for the environment and social justice. She works with mission-driven organizations and businesses to achieve long-term, positive growth and change by helping them connect people to their cause.
Melanie is respected for her ability to work simultaneously with internal and external audiences—and at multiple levels of an issue or organization—to craft innovative solutions and customized action plans.
As director of the National Audubon Society’s office in Los Angeles, she founded the Audubon Center at Debs Park, flagship of Audubon’s nationwide strategy to engage under-served audiences and people of color. The five-year process of creating the Center—the first building to receive a LEED Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council—involved grassroots organizing, program and facilities development, fund-raising, and negotiating an innovative public/private partnership with the City of Los Angeles.
In 2004 Melanie joined The Trustees of Reservations to help transform the century-old Massachusetts land trust into a dynamic, 21st c. conservation organization. As a member of the senior management team, she worked with staff, board and community partners to engage and mobilize The Trustees’ 100,000 members and 1 million+ visitors to advocate for special places and quality of life in their communities.
As a consultant, she creates integrated learning and communication strategies for businesses and non-profits. Areas of expertise include audience engagement, programming, volunteerism, and leadership development. Recent clients include: Selva Negra Ecolodge, (Matagalpa, Nicaragua); Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests, (Concord, NH); Audubon Center at Debs Park (Los Angeles, CA); CYCLES (Chester, PA); and Friends of the Blue Hills (Milton, MA).
Her work is increasingly focused internationally at the intersection of environmental preservation and rural development. In 2011, she assisted sustainable tourism pioneer Megan Epler Wood with a graduate course at Harvard Extension School on greening the global tourism industry.
She is currently serving with the Peace Corps in Mexico.