Prior to joining Erb, Damaschke was the director of the Sierra Club’s Great Lakes program, where she coordinated grassroots efforts to protect Great Lakes ecosystems and supported widespread use of blue-green infrastructure in Detroit and Milwaukee. In that role she also served as a Trustee of the Fund For Lake Michigan, as Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the City Of Detroit’s Green Task Force Blue/Green Infrastructure Subcommittee, as a Vision Keeper for the Great Lakes Bioneers, and on the Governance Board for the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition. She also is a volunteer board member of the Friends of The Detroit River. Damaschke holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Northland College. Melissa will be the primary contact for the Foundation’s Great Lakes grants program, sharing that and the Foundation’s Green Infrastructure grants with Jodee Raines.