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 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.
Michelle's background includes careers in 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 she helped to develop, called Energaire®, that was licensed to Reebok and Spaulding.
Michelle still lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up rescuing and rehabilitating small creatures of the redwood forests. She is the mother of two grown children, Parker and Madison, who are also involved in the Mara Center.