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Conservancy of Southwest Florida welcomes Michele Arquette-Palermo as Water Policy Manager

Michele Arquette Palerma from Conservancy of Southwest Florida

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida announces the addition of Michele Arquette-Palermo as Water Policy Manager.

A Michigan native, Michele brings over 20 years of Great Lakes education and advocacy experience to the Water Policy Team at the Conservancy. She studied biology and ecology at both undergraduate and graduate levels and additionally holds a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Arquette-Palermo’s career has focused on collaboratively working with stakeholders to advance scientific knowledge, education and stewardship of natural communities and water resources. She possesses an innate ability for developing relationships and building consensus around complex issues, key skills that are essential for accomplishing meaningful work.

As the head of the Freshwater Forum at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, Arquette-Palermo forged relationships with the community, all levels of government, higher learning institutions, as well as corporations and foundations. She created a variety of advocacy tools including exhibitions, regional water resource awareness campaigns, environmental education festivals and most recently a mini documentary on why protecting the Great Lakes is vital to Michigan’s economy and future.

As water policy manager, Arquette-Palermo provides primary leadership and technical expertise for the Conservancy on natural resources issues, including water resources policy and Everglades Restoration.

“Michele brings a wealth of experience to this position, and her background compliments the expertise of our Environmental Policy team,” said Conservancy of Southwest Florida Director of Policy Nicole Johnson. “We are thrilled to have Michele on board, as we continue our mission to protect Southwest Florida’s precious natural resources.”


About the Conservancy of Southwest Florida:
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida is a not-for-profit environmental protection organization with a 59-year history focused on the issues impacting the water, land, wildlife and future of Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Conservancy accomplishes this mission through the combined efforts of its experts in the areas of environmental science, policy, education and wildlife rehabilitation. The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, world-class Nature Center and von Arx Wildlife Hospital are headquartered in Naples, Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, south of the Naples Zoo off Goodlette-Frank Road. Learn more about the Conservancy’s work and how to support the quality of life in Southwest Florida www.conservancy.org.

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