|Democratic candidate for|
Member of the New Mexico House of Representatives from the 28th district
June 5, 2018
|Alma mater||Cornell University|
Melanie Ann Stansbury (born January 31, 1979) is an American politician and a 2018 Democratic candidate for District 28 of the New Mexico House of Representatives.
Early Life and Education
Stansbury is a native of New Mexico, born in Farmington and raised in Albuquerque. She graduated from Cibola High School in Albuquerque in 1997. She attended St. Mary's College of California on scholarship where she earned a bachelor's degree in Human Ecology and Natural Science. She then returned home to New Mexico where she worked as a science educator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in schools throughout the state. She was admitted to Cornell where she earned a Masters of Science in Development Sociology in 2007. She was later a PhD Candidate in Development Sociology at Cornell with minors in Natural Resources and American Indian Studies and during that time was named a 2009 Udall Fellow, studying water management and conflict resolution in communities in northern New Mexico. 
Stansbury has spent her career working on community development and natural resource issues, including working with state, local, tribal, and non-profit organizations and in the White House Office of Management and Budget and United States Senate. She moved to Washington in 2010 to do a policy internship in the White House Council of Environmental Quality. Following that fellowship, she returned to New Mexico in 2011 to work briefly with Sandia National Laboratories and the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the University of New Mexico School of Law as a Project Consultant, focused on Water Management and Policy before returning to Washington that same year to be a Program Examiner in the White House Office of Management and Budget. There she worked on Natural Resources, Science and Native American Affairs policy. During that time she was also a Presidential Management Fellow where she did a detail on the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in 2013. In 2015 she moved to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natura Resources full time working on Water, Natural Resources, and Science Policy. In September of 2017, she began work as a Consultant and Senior Adviser on Water, Natural Resources, and Community Development issues for the Utton Center, University of New Mexico and other similar groups.
In 2018, Stansbury filed to run for the District 28 seat in the New Mexico House of Representatives as a Democrat.
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