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Melanie DeBo Stauffer has been a “Grass Roots” political and environmental “Change Agent” for some 40 years with a focus on economy, environment, community social well being and the arts. She describes herself as a rugged individualist who is committed to rigorous dialogue and relentless optimism.
DeBo started her activism early at the side of her mother who was active in Red Cross activities in Ventura County, California and her father's involvement in local politics through the Elks Club in Oxnard, California. Both her parents were involved with the local Catholic church and civic functions in the rural town of Camarillo, California. DeBo's agricultural background comes from her maternal grandfather, John Baptiste DeBo, who ranched the Pleasant Valley in Ventura County, California for some 40 years. The Overlook Gardens, a project of WRI, is dedicated in part to her grandfather.
Her WRI has acted as the unofficial “Green” chamber of commerce for Mohave County since 1998, marketing the Tri-state area to the local resident population, as well as the regional, national and international Sustainability Community, lobbying for support to individuals and businesses, and helping them find and manifest the collateral opportunities in the emerging areas of Sustainability and the new Green Economy.
Dr.Charles Burke defined DeBo’s work for the past 12 years in a recommendation for a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD.
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