Resume of Melissa Walsh Innes
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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.
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
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
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
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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
Everyone Wins with Market-Based EPR Recycling Programs for Recycling,
http://mazdigital.com/webreader/26485, Waste Advantage Magazine 2013 March Edition
Studying EPR, http://tinyurl.com/melissainnes, The Source: The Official Nestlé Waters N.A. Blog
Political Economy of Recycling, http://tinyurl.com/catoessay, Cato Unbound Essay Series
The Foundation, SAAS (software as a service) Business Development Program
University of Southern Maine, Bachelor of Arts in Social Work