My name is Melissa Youssef.

Those of us fortunate enough to live in Durango, Colorado, have access to amazing experiences around every corner. From recreation to culture to serving and shaping the future of our community – these opportunities motivate me every day. Inspiration is ever-present and the rewards are many.

My husband and I moved our family to Durango in 1997. Our priority was to raise our three children in a safe, healthy place, in an area where we could pursue our passions for daily recreation, culture and education in the stimulating environment of an engaged community.

I immediately immersed myself in all things Durango, driven by a strong desire to understand and tap into the shared values of my new community. I spent a lot of thought, time and energy identifying what was important to me. Before long, I knew I wanted to become an even more active and focused community participant. I care about the character of our town, the quality of life, and the opportunities for our citizens.

A Legacy

of leadership in the Durango community…

In my professional life, I’ve accumulated thirty years of experience and expertise in business management, funding, finance and mapping out solid and sustainable paths to propel projects and organizations forward. Most recently, I founded and served as CEO of a successful, Durango-based medical billing firm.

In my public service life I’ve served locally in multiple leadership roles and on numerous boards of directors, specializing in creative fundraising and achievable financial planning, teamwork and consensus building among diverse population groups with varying motivations and interests. My economics background, coupled with my MBA, has provided a solid platform for creating progress and momentum in challenging situations where fiscal revenue has been depleted, resources tapped out, and divergent stakeholder interests in competition. I have been adept at maximizing use of all the resources available to each organization I’ve worked with, and successful in ensuring that the financial realities of all these organizations align with their visions.

In my decade and a half of community service in Durango, I’ve maintained an open mind and a desire to learn; as a result, I’ve gained insight and acquired knowledge about issues my friends and fellow citizens care deeply about. I’m grateful for each and every opportunity I’ve had, and will have in the future, to work with local organizations to achieve worthwhile goals, for the good of everyone in our community.

Work, Education and Community Experience