Shelley Vinyard is now Clean Water Advocate for Environment America. Shelley graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and joined our Fellowship Program, as the Environment Michigan Associate, soon after.

As a fellow, Shelley worked to protect Lake Michigan from toxic pollution. During her first summer, she and her staff in Ann Arbor built a groundswell of public support - including hundreds of phone calls and petitions - successfully urging their target to support critical protections, while simultaneously building a bigger base of citizen support for Environment Michigan.

After she completed her Fellowship, Shelley accepted a position as the Clean Water Advocate for Environment America.  She now works to protect all of America's rivers, lakes, and streams from pollution.

Watch the video above to learn more about Shelley's experience running a citizen outreach office during that first summer.