Michelle Claud-Clemente - Director of Community Programs
Michelle oversees the Conservancy's Community Programs department. She directs a large force of volunteers working throughout Orange County to deliver exceptional community stewardship, and educational and recreational programming, including the Orange County Fire Watch program. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Michelle spent over 23 years working in conservation at the City of Newport Beach as the Natural Resources Supervisor, and with the City of Santa Ana/Santa Ana Zoo as Zookeeper and Animal Curator. She has served on the Orange County Marine Protected Area Council and Association of Zoos and Aquariums Felid Taxonomic Advisory Group. Michelle has a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master's degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.