Melissa has extensive experience in communications and managing client relationships, with a special passion for the work she has done helping identify, support, and promote various philanthropic causes on behalf of private foundations.
A graduate of Dickinson College, Melissa worked in publishing, alumni relations, and marketing before a desire for a more personal connection to her work led her to transition to the nonprofit sector. She served nearly ten years as Philanthropy Associate for a private family foundation and was also a consultant for The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s biennial poetry festival, the nation’s largest poetry festival. Today she’s proud to call Family Promise “home,” working with an exceptional team to help families battling homelessness build a better future.
Melissa enjoys hiking, biking, and the great outdoors, but she also can’t live without the diversity, cultural offerings, and endless surprises to be found around every corner of New York City, her birthplace… which is why she finds New Jersey the perfect place to call home with her two children and their hyperactive rescue dog.