Michelle Lazaro joined the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance (the Alliance) February 2019 as Program Manager. Before coming to the Alliance she worked as a Natural Resources Specialist for the USDA Forest Service at the Pacific Northwest Research Station, summarizing and communicating results of forest inventories conducted in Hawaiʻi, U.S. affiliated islands in the Pacific, and urban cities. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Natural Resources and Environmental Management and a Project Management certificate from Portland State University. Her research focused on optimizing a baseline soil carbon inventory of Hawaiʻi and identifying mechanisms of carbon sequestration in volcanic ash derived soils. She also worked as Research Assistant for the Pacific Island Climate Change Cooperative and the U.S. Geological Survey expanding a climate change vulnerability assessment model of native Hawaiian plant species. She has also worked as a project coordinator on a collaborative project with the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Rapid Carbon Assessment and held positions with both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services and Refuges program, and the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. She grew up in Mililani, Hawaiʻi and is very excited to be back home and contributing to the Alliance’s work in this new role.