PCS Welcomes Michelle Ngirutang as New Executive Director
KOROR, Palau – Palau Conservation Society (PCS) is pleased to announce the selection of Michelle Ngirutang as its new Executive Director. The selection was made by the PCS Board of Directors on August 2, 2021.
Ms. Ngirutang hails from the states of Angaur and Ngaraard. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Her expansive skill sets range from the Hotel and Marketing industries to a leadership role within the U.S. government. A significant amount of her career (17 years) was spent working as a Senior Compliance Rep Lead for the State of California Franchise Tax Board. Prior to her leadership role in the State of California, Ms. Ngirutang gained valuable experience in customer service, hotel operations in accounting and audits within large corporate companies such as the Hilton Hotels Inc. After a 30 year hiatus, Ms. Ngirutang has returned back to her roots in Palau where she looks forward to “making a positive contribution in line with our Palauan way of life in conjunction with preserving our natural resources”.
Ms. Ngirutang will bring leadership, management experience and klechibelau, or Palauan identity, to fulfill the Executive Director role. She looks forward to working with the PCS staff and its members to continue building partnerships and harness relationships in alignment with the preservation of our beloved Pristine Paradise Palau.
Palau Conservation Society is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by local citizens striving to act, not above, but within the community. As stewards of the environment, the staff and board of PCS work to ensure that the shared vision of the organization’s founding group lives in through community work, educational programs, and through government collaboration on both the state and national levels.
A Special Message:
Help Palauan kids and families during these challenging times
Here at Palau Conservation Society (PCS), we are adjusting to the new realities of working from home, canceled meetings, and school closures. As of today, the Republic of Palau is still COVID-19-free and the community is working to maintain this for as long as possible.
In the spirit of community, PCS wants to help families during this challenging time. Next week, we will be going to print on a new book called “Grandpa and the Baby Sea Turtles.”
We are asking friends like you to help us purchase copies of “Grandpa and the Baby Sea Turtles” to distribute to kids throughout Palau who are currently out of school because of the threat of COVID-19.
This bilingual book, in Palauan and English, is geared toward early readers and focuses on themes of Palauan culture, tradition, and of course, sea turtles. We have enough funds to print 200 books which falls short of our goal 500 total books.
In normal times, we would turn to the local Palauan business community for their financial support. But the reality is, Palau’s tourism-based economy is being greatly impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Tourism is down and local businesses are hurting and many long-time supporters already let us know that they won’t be able to give this year.
Today, we are turning to you – our friends, family, and colleagues from off-island to help us.
Future aspirations for the book are to create an online/in-person lesson plan, activity book, and to host live readings (online or otherwise).
Palau is a one of kind place with biodiversity and beauty that is unmatched. With the support of friends like you, the children of Palau will grow to become champions for Palau’s pristine environment and unique species.
Palau Conservation Society
P.S. We hope to make these books for sale once we meet the needs of the local community. Please consider making a gift of $25.00 today!
The Palau Conservation Society (PCS) works to empower our communities to steward Palau’s environment. Our vision is: Healthy Ecosystems for a Healthy Palau.
Our Mission is to work with the community to preserve the nation’s unique natural environment and perpetuate its conservation ethic for the economic and social benefit of present and future generations of Palauans and for the enjoyment and education of all.
PCS’s mission highlights our commitment to the environment and to Palauan communities. We believe strongly in maintaining and perpetuating the Palauan conservation ethic to existing generations and beyond. We respect the Palauan culture and the science of conservation. We are a community-based organization that implements conservation activities through partnerships.
The Palau Conservation Society (PCS) has four programs. All programs address our priority threats, targets, and sites, but each at a different geographic scope. Each program translates one of our core values into action.
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The Palau Conservation Society is the leading conservation organization in Palau. We are dedicated to the protection of Palau’s unique environment, and work to raise community capacity to steward biodiversity and natural resources. We are the only organization in Palau to take a comprehensive ecosystem approach (marine and terrestrial). Below are some of the way you can support PCS and help to protect Palau's natural splendors!