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Melissa Daruna

by Brittany Bobola

Melissa is an adventurer, mom, wife, public servant and lover of nature. Her professional background includes degrees in parks and recreation and law. She has worked in local government for over a decade and the nonprofit sector, specifically land conservation, for four years. She currently serves as the Assistant Town Manager for Eagle. Prior to that she was the inaugural Executive Director for Keep It Colorado, the statewide coalition for land trusts and conservation organizations. There she focused heavily on land conservation policy and advocacy as well as partnership and coalition building. She, her husband and son moved to the Eagle Valley in 2022 when her husband took a position as the CEO at Eagle County Paramedic Services. Melissa immediately knew how special this place is. She has refocused her professional and personal skills to invest in this community. While she took a new position back in local government earlier this year, she remains dedicated to conservation and the protection of our lands, waters and wildlife for the future. She is eager to put that passion to work with EVLT. Melissa doesn’t believe connecting with the outdoors should be left to our “spare time”, she believes it should be a regular part of our daily lives. Some of her favorite ways to connect are trail running, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, skiing and backyard birdwatching.

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