Michelle Vryn, CFRE
Vice President of Communication
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Michelle has 10+ years of experience in nonprofits and public service. Over that time she has raised tens of millions of dollars, managed development and communications teams and successfully created and led volunteer boards. Most of all, Michelle enjoys helping nonprofits scale their innovative work by bringing together donors, strategic partnerships and a compelling case for support! Before joining Bat Conservation International, Michelle led communications and development at a nature center in Houston. She has also worked for the national consultancy, Dini Spheris, as well as directed membership for the Galveston Bay Foundation. Michelle recently served on both the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Exploration Green Conservancy and helped establish the $28MM creation of Exploration Green – the largest greenspace in Bay Area Houston. During Hurricane Harvey, phase one of this newly established 200-acre park held 100 million gallons of stormwater and saved an estimated 100 homes from flooding.

Michelle holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental anthropology as well as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. She proudly serves on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)-Greater Austin Chapter Board of Directors and is also an active mentor. Outside of the office Michelle enjoys hiking, live music and any spontaneous outdoor adventure!