Michelle Thomas joined Esri's StoryMaps team as a web producer and community manager in April 2019. As a communications coordinator and digital media specialist, Michelle previously created strategic storytelling campaigns to promote public land management and conservation at the Bureau of Land Management within the U.S. Interior Department and for America's farmers, ranchers, and foresters at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Esri's storytelling platforms served central roles in her campaigns at both federal agencies, tying stories together through the land and resources important to her target audiences. She joined Esri's StoryMaps team to share these experiences widely and empower storytellers globally to make stories that matter.