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Michelle Kokolis, Director of Programs & Operations


Michelle joined Rock Creek Conservancy in early 2017. Previously, she was the Anacostia Executive Watershed Manager at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), where she provide technical support to the Anacostia Watershed Restoration Partnership including identifying opportunities for collaboration, coordination, and more efficient implementation of restoration projects, Green Infrastructure practices. Michelle also led the Anacostia Trash Reduction Workgroup, which focuses on standardizing the methodologies used by the Anacostia jurisdictions to calculate and report their trash reduction efforts.

Prior to coming to the DC area, Michelle spent 7 years as the Watershed Restoration Project Manager for the James River Association in Richmond, VA, where she was responsible for establishing and maintaining diverse partnerships to implement innovative on-the-ground projects that address stormwater management, sedimentation, habitat restoration, land conservation and other issues facing the James River. She has also worked as an adjunct biology instructor at John Tyler Community College and a life science teacher for Chesterfield County Public Schools. 

Michelle received a Masters of Science in Biology with a concentration in Wetland Sciences from Old Dominion University and a BS in Biology from Susquehanna University.

Originally from Pittsburgh, Michelle grew up on the Allegheny River and has a life-long love of everything related to water. She enjoys spending her free time cooking and baking. When she’s not in the kitchen, you’ll find her wandering around with her dog and taking pictures to support her fallback career as a nature photographer.