Melissa K. Nelson is an ecologist, writer, media-maker, and Indigenous scholar-activist. She earned her Ph.D. in ecology with an emphasis in Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Formerly a professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University, she now teaches at Arizona State University in the School of Sustainability, Global Futures Laboratory. From 1993 to 2021, she served as the founding executive director and CEO of the Cultural Conservancy and continues to serve as president of their board. She is a contributor and co-editor of Traditional Ecological Knowledge: Learning from Indigenous Practices for Environmental Sustainability published (2018). She is also a contributor and the editor of Original Instructions: Indigenous Teachings for a Sustainable Future (2008). Melissa works for Indigenous rights and revitalization in higher education, nonprofits, and philanthropy. She is Anishinaabe/Métis/Norwegian and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.