Misha received a master’s degree in Community Planning and Development at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Her studies explored how unplanned and rapid development affects environments, economies and quality of life. Misha studied anthropology at Yale University before returning home to Maine. Since then, she has worked in forest research, community organizing, sustainable tourism, land conservation and environmental planning. Her goal is to help communities plan for sustainable development and conservation organizations coordinate with local development objectives. She hopes that by integrating environmental science with land use planning and policy she can help reconcile growth and conservation in her home state of Maine and beyond.