FALMOUTH, Maine — Resources First Foundation has hired Melissa A. O’Neal as its new director of development and outreach.
“RFF is ecstatic to have Melissa join our team to assist in the development and recognition of new and continued support for RFF as a national leader in promoting conservation on private lands,” said RFF President Amos Eno, in a press release.
O’Neal comes to RFF with more than 25 years of experience in public affairs, political outreach, legislative initiatives and fundraising. She has spent the last 12 years at the Portland-based law firm of Preti Flaherty, as special projects coordinator for the Energy and Telecommunications Department.
O’Neal attended the University of Southern Maine Paralegal Studies Degree Program, and also holds a Certificate in Project Management from the University of New Hampshire.
“I am very excited to be a part of the team that positions RFF to provide private landowners the resources they need to practice conservation on their own lands, while at the same time opening the conservation conversation at the local, state, national and global levels,” O’Neal said.
Founded in Falmouth in 2000, Resources First Foundation focuses on bringing educational conservation resources to rural American private landowners via a vast array of resources for the conservation consumer, including three national conservation web-based platforms and nine state conservation centers. Resources First Foundation is bi-partisan and non-advocacy based and supports several international conservation efforts, especially in southern Africa.
For more information about Resources First Foundation and what their mission is, please visit their website at www.resourcesfirstfoundation.