Carlee Elke,
Treasurer of Membership


Carlee Elke serves as the East Area Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Coordinator for Washington NRCS. Ms. Elke began her career with NRCS in 2008 as a Soil Conservationist in her home state of North Dakota and served in numerous duty stations while there. In 2014, she became a Tribal District Conservationist in Montana for the Rocky Boys Chippewa Cree Tribe where she led Tribal Council to create a Soil Conservation District and form a local working group to address tribal resource concerns. In March 2018, she moved to Washington as the East Area RCPP Coordinator to seek out and implement locally-led agreements with conservation partners. Carlee is an advocate of common-sense conservation, copious customer service, leveraging conservation partner dollars for additional conservation, and helping conserve working lands and working families. 

Ms. Elke has completed several detail assignments throughout her career thus far including one in 2014 for the Oversight and Evaluation (O&E) Team in West Virginia to conduct a program delivery review as part of the Tri-State Leadership Development Program (SLDP). In 2017, she completed a second detail in Delta, Colorado as Supervisory District Conservationist directing the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program that effects the drinking water for more than 33 million people in the U.S. Carlee is affiliated with NRCS’s National Civil Rights Advisory Committee to the Chief (NCRACC), Women in NRCS (WiN), American Indian Alaska Native Employees Association (AIANEA), Society for Range Management (SRM), Spokane Vets on the Farm, and 4H.

Carlee grew up in North Dakota and attended North Dakota State University (NDSU) where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management with minors in Anthropology, Soil Science, and coursework in Spanish. Her passion and appreciation for conservation, preservation, and sustainability derives from her interest in the outdoors, fly fishing, hiking, and being associated with agriculture all her life. Ms. Elke’s family farms and ranches in North Dakota with their operations consisting of cattle, cover crops, and continuous cropping systems. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons, playing violin, and partaking in church and community organizations and events.