Michelle Perez, PhD - American Farmland Trust

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Michelle Perez, PhD

Water Initiative Director

Michelle leads AFT’s efforts to achieve better water quality and reduce agricultural non-point source pollution through a comprehensive initiative with links to outcomes quantification, soil health, climate, and ecosystem markets. Michelle previously served AFT as a senior policy specialist, where she researched, developed, and promoted innovative agricultural and conservation policies.

Before joining AFT, Michelle worked at World Resources Institute, leading projects on nutrient trading, developing nutrient assessment tools, and quantifying environmental outcomes. She previously worked for Environmental Working Group and Alliance to Save Energy. During her career, Michelle has published numerous reports and papers. She currently serves as council member of the Soil Water Conservation Society’s National Capital Chapter. She is an alumna of Occidental College where she studied biology. She holds a Doctorate in environmental policy from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy where her dissertation was a three-state comparative case study of farm nutrient management regulations in Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.

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