Melanie K. Gade

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Communications Specialist
(202) 772-0288

Areas of Expertise:  Gray Wolf, Endangered Species Act, Northern Rockies and Great Plains

Melanie Gade, Communications Specialist

As a Communications Specialist with Defenders of Wildlife, Melanie handles press coverage for wildlife in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains as well as Defenders' national work on the Endangered Species Act. Prior to working at Defenders, Melanie was a public affairs specialist and later an internal communications specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey.  At USGS, Melanie developed experience in direct media outreach and also expertise in the areas of messaging, social media and blog/online outreach. Melanie received her B.A. from Dickinson College and has a M.A in Public Commun

ication from American University. Melanie’s independent research focuses on identifying culturally relevant environmental message frames for multicultural audiences within the United States. She is a Colorado native and former rafting guide. 


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