Connecticut Land Conservation Conference

March 25, 2023, Wesleyan University, Middletown

Usdan Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown.

Rick Newton

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Melissa Kalvestrand

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Melissa Kalvestrand

Executive Director
Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Melissa Kalvestrand served many roles at the Commission since joining in November 2009 before being named executive director in January 2020. During her tenure at the Commission, she has overseen the accreditation review process and facilitated the accreditation decisions for over 100 applicants each year.

She partnered in developing, interpreting, reviewing, and revising the accreditation requirements and maintaining the Requirements Manual. She also co-facilitated the public participation process resulting in the 2017 revisions to Land Trust Standards and Practices.

As executive director, she has been leveraging the successes of the accreditation program and of accredited land trusts to advance the Commission’s next phase of work. That work includes maintaining the strengthen of land trusts, maintaining public trust, and engaging with land trusts in new ways to improve their r eturn on investment in the program.