Melissa Damaschke

Program Officer

Melissa Damaschke is the primary contact for the Foundation’s Great Lakes grants program, excluding the Foundation’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure grants led by Jodee Raines. Prior to joining Erb, Melissa 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 green stormwater 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 Water Subcommittee, as a Vision Keeper for the Great Lakes Bioneers, and as a member of the Governance Board for the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition.


When Melissa isn’t working, you will find her volunteering on the board of Friends of the Detroit River, hiking with her daughter, enjoying a local brewery with her husband, kayaking, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. Damaschke holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from Northland College.