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Communication #11

Dear Friends of F3,

We’ve hired a new Executive Director! Michele James has lived and worked in Flagstaff for over twenty years and brings her knowledge of Flagstaff and love of the community to her new leadership position. 

With a background in both science and art, including a master’s degree in Sustainable Communities (NAU) and a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology & Technical Journalism (Colorado State University), Michele has spent two decades doing advocacy work on northern Arizona ecosystems. 

Michele has been a wildlife biologist with Grand Canyon National Park and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a research coordinator for NAU’s Fossil Creek restoration, a species conservation program manager with the Grand Canyon Trust, and a stakeholder with the Flagstaff Forest Partnership. Most recently, she has been on the NAU faculty, teaching interdisciplinary courses related to sustainability, climate change, art as an advocacy tool, and civic engagement. 

Michele has a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of complex issues, the ability to communicate well with diverse groups, and an expertise in designing effective community outreach, all of which are fundamental to accomplishing F3’s mission. 

Michele is excited about taking on the leadership of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future. “F3 is a vital and necessary part of our community,” she says. “It plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Flagstaff remains a sustainable, just and thriving city.”

With her high-school son, Liam, and her husband, Peter Friederici, Michele enjoys hiking, photography, and mountain biking. She is also an accomplished graphic designer and writer. 

The Board of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future is delighted to welcome our new Executive Director. 

Michele can be reached at

The Board of Friends of Flagstaff’s Future

Local Efforts: Good Information to Have and to Share
Climate Change Survey: How will our community achieve carbon neutrality?
Take the survey:
Choose a new name for Agassiz Street:
Deadline for comments: November 3rd.
Flagstaff Climate Ambassador Training, Oct. 28-29
Renew Your F3 Membership:
Ideas and Inspiration
Eight Questions that Can Help You Survive Election Stress:
“The Keep Going Song,” The Bengsons, “Find space for joy!”
Get a free copy of “Zaadii: The Legend of Z-Hawk:” a comic book honoring the life and spirit of Zaadii Tso, a Flagstaff child who was tragically killed by a distracted driver.
General contact information:
• To Attend City Council meetings virtually:
• To attend Coconino County meetings virtually: or call 928-679-7144.
• To access City Commissions including Open Space, Sustainability, Planning and  Zoning: