Associate, Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching
Melissa is an associate for network initiation and development at the Carnegie Foundation. Before joining the Carnegie Foundation, Melissa worked as a Senior Consultant at Education First, supporting states, districts, foundations and advocacy organizations to improve teacher and student support models, college readiness efforts and make grantmaking more effective. Prior to joining Education First, Melissa served as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Earlier in her career, Melissa spent time working in youth development across Northern California and with local districts. She also served several years at the U.S. Department of Education, in the Under Secretary Office’s Planning and Evaluation Service, developing and managing federal policy initiatives and the research and evaluation of federal programs. Melissa earned her EdD in education from Harvard University, her MPA in public affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas and her BA from Whittier College.