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Melanie Napoleon Welch is associate director at Freshwater Future, a Great Lakes regional organization, and is based in Chicago. At Freshwater Future, she works as a Movement-Builder. The organization works on both policy and capacity-building for the needs of grassroots and citizens groups, providing personalized services that tailor-fit the needs of each group; provides unique, and much needed, grant funding opportunities to these groups for grassroots environmental advocacy work; and connects these groups and efforts to the issues. Melanie has spent her career in non-profits and museums, and has expertise in conservation programs, community engagement, informal education and Great Lakes ecology and regional issues. Melanie received a B.S. degree in environmental biology from Bradley University and a M.S. degree in biology from Northern Illinois University. She lives with her family in walking distance of Lake Michigan. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Catto Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.