Michelle oversees funding relationships with governments and foundations and serves as our representative to the corporate funding community.
Michelle Vryn, CFRE – Director of Institutional Giving
Michelle joined Bat Conservation International (BCI) in fall 2017. As the Director of Institutional Giving, she oversees funding relationships with governments and foundations and serves as the organization’s representative to the corporate funding community.
Before joining BCI, Michelle led the communications and development team at a nature center in Houston and, as a board member, also helped form Exploration Green—a 200-acre green space for conservation, recreation, and flood detention in Greater Houston. Throughout her nonprofit career, Michelle’s work has involved frontline fundraising, development operations, content marketing, strategic communications and advancing equity in environmental conservation. She is always up for having conversations about workplace culture, decolonized philanthropy and inclusion for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) staff in the nonprofit sector.
Michelle holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in environmental anthropology as well as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification. In fall 2020, Michelle teamed up with four other Texas-based fundraisers to establish the Community-Centric Fundraising, Texas Chapter. She is a long-time member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and currently serves on the Marketing Committee for AFP Global. Michelle is also an active mentor and is humbled to be one of six mentors selected for the inaugural 2021 Blackbaud Emerging Leader Mentoring & Leadership Development Program for AFP Global.