Melissa has extensive experience in communications and managing client relationships, with a special passion for the work she has done in the nonprofit sector helping identify, support, and promote various philanthropic causes on behalf of private foundations.
A graduate of Dickinson College, Melissa has worked in book publishing, university alumni relations and corporate banking marketing. A desire for a more personal connection to her work eventually led to a career shift to foundation giving and volunteering for educational and social service causes within her community. Prior to joining Family Promise as Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations in 2017, Melissa served nearly ten years as Philanthropy Associate for a private family foundation and more recently as a consultant for The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Dodge Poetry Festival, the nation’s largest poetry festival.
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 Morris County the perfect place to call home with her two children and a hyperactive dog. She also likes to cook and is on an eternal quest for the perfect cheesecake recipe (submissions welcome).