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Resume of Melissa Walsh Innes


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Professional positions including volunteer positions, speaking engagements, and published work.

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Resume of Melissa Walsh Innes

  1. 1. Resume of Melissa Walsh Innes 207-318-8742 - 1 - Summary of Skills: Organizational and sustainability policy expert. Proven and effective negotiator. Skilled in program management, business development, stakeholder engagement, policy development, advocacy and implementation, and municipal, corporate and homeowner outreach. Professional consulting and lobbying experience. Business owner expertise. Extensive speaking experience in the United States, as well as internationally in Canada, Brazil and Australia. Author of articles and essays in periodicals and online forums. Facilitation of conferences and forums. Employment History Vice President of Business Development, Endurance Group, Portland, ME, 2016 and 2011/12  Develop and create business planning and development of new business for national and international clients. Principal, Innes & Company LLC, Maine, Jan 2015-Present  Owner of sustainability-focused consulting firm providing program management and policy expertise to Maine and nationally based companies and organizations (partial client list: Nestle Waters North America and the Maine Beverage Association) Deputy Director, Recycling Reinvented, Minnesota, May 2012-Dec 2014  Created strategic partnerships with municipalities, corporate brands and NGO’s in sustainability policy.  Coordinated outreach to stakeholders in recycling and sustainability policy.  Executed social media and website content strategy.  Developed the organization’s internship program and drafted successful funding proposals. State Representative, Maine House of Representatives, District 107, 2008-2012  Served as the elected State Representative of Yarmouth, Maine for two terms  Sponsored successful legislation in many policy areas, with a focus on sustainability issues (including first in the nation legislation on recycling of products). Community Energy Associate, Maine Green Energy Alliance, Portland, ME, 2009-2010  Provided outreach to homeowners regarding home energy efficiency options  Organized and facilitated community meetings to share energy efficiency options Principal, Breathing Space Organizing, Yarmouth, Maine, 2002-2006  Created and operated a professional organizing business. *Additional Professional Positions: Alzheimer’s Program Director, Community Mental Health Case Manager, Teacher’s Aide, Crisis Home Worker
  2. 2. Resume of Melissa Walsh Innes 207-318-8742 - 2 - Committees and Membership Experience Committee Chair Experience: Sierra Club Maine Political Committee (state-level); Yarmouth Energy Savers Committee (municipal level); Maine Product Stewardship Working Group (state level). Memberships: American Council for Young Political Leaders Alumni, National Caucus of Environmental Legislators Alumni, Advisory Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council. National Conference Production  National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), Product Stewardship Legislative Forum, Portland, OR, 2011  Council of State Governments (CSG) Eastern Regional Conference, Maine Product Stewardship Legislative Forum, Portland, ME, 2010 Professional Speaking Engagements Maine Resource Recovery Association, Maine’s Joint Standing Committee for the Environment and Natural Resources, Northeast Recycling Council, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, Maine Resource & Recovery Association (MRRA), Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) WASTECON, Northern California Recycling Association (NCRA) Recycling Update, United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) RONA Marine Litter Workshop for North America, New York SAR Strive for Sustainability Solid Waste & Recycling Conference, NCEL Legislators Product Stewardship Legislative Forum, Zero Waste Conference, Global Product Stewardship Summit, Midwest Product Stewardship Council, National Product Stewardship Forum, Earth Day Network Rally on the Mall Publications Everyone Wins with Market-Based EPR Recycling Programs for Recycling,, Waste Advantage Magazine 2013 March Edition Studying EPR,, The Source: The Official Nestlé Waters N.A. Blog Political Economy of Recycling,, Cato Unbound Essay Series Education The Foundation, SAAS (software as a service) Business Development Program University of Southern Maine, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work