Michelle Schmidt Nirenstein
Michelle has always been a wildlife advocate. Her global passions are education, women's empowerment, and conservation. In addition to her involvement with the Friends of Maasai Mara, she is a former president and active member of her Rotary Club in the U.S., supporting local as well as international projects including H2Open Doors. She holds a bachelors degree in clinical psychology and business.
Her background includes careers in product development, commercial real estate, interior and landscape design, and fashion design. She holds several U.S. patents in the footwear field, including a pneumatic shoe sole called Energaire®, that was licensed to Reebok and Spaulding.
Michelle grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where as a child, she was always rescuing and rehabilitating small animals. She currently resides in Austin, Texas with her rescue dogs, Marley and Toby, a two French Bulldogs named Ketchup, and Moo. Michelle is the mother of two grown children, Parker and Madison, who are also involved in the Mara Center.