Director of Programs and Strategy
Melissa has over 15 years of progressive experience in aligning operational realities to advance policy priorities and increase program efficacy. Her technical leadership focuses on challenges at the nexus of stabilization, peacebuilding, and governance. Melissa holds deep experience managing projects, program design, and strategic planning. She has lived and worked across the African continent for over a decade with additional work across 43 countries globally. Over her career, Melissa coordinated multiple stakeholders, including international donors as well as ministries and agencies across partner countries, multilateral donors, NGOs, fortune 500 companies, and community leaders. Her security cooperation and stabilization work spans the US interagency partners within USAID, US Department of State, US Department of Defense as well as UK and EU partners.