Rogue Advocates Hires New Executive Director
Rogue Advocates is happy to announce that Melissa Matthewson has joined the organization to further develop the organization’s capacity and resources. Melissa Matthewson comes with a wealth of experience to the organization, having spent the last five years working for Oregon State University. Melissa started the OSU Small Farms Program and nurtured the Farms Program from one to the current five staff members. She also brings experience working for a national nonprofit overseeing fundraising, outreach, board development, event coordination and will expand similar programs for Rogue Advocates. Melissa is also a co-owner of Barking Moon Farm, a local certified organic vegetable farm.
Melissa joins Rogue Advocates to build upon Rogue Advocate’s work in land use advocacy and education. She will develop funding resources and expand their mission of educating and involving citizens in advocating for appropriate land use in Jackson and Josephine counties. Melissa comments, “I am excited to start a new challenge with Rogue Advocates and look forward to working with the Board of Directors to further the mission of the organization. I am fortunate to be joining such a respected group that prides itself on its land use advocacy work.”
Steve Rouse, Rogue Advocate’s President said, “Melissa brings great energy, expertise, and experience to grow our organization’s development and participation in land use policy in Southern Oregon.”