In her role, Melissa partners with Orr Group clients on development strategy, campaign management, principal gifts, institutional partnerships, and event fundraising, with an emphasis on cultivating diverse donor communities and transformative volunteer engagements.
Most recently, Melissa served as the Corporate & Foundation Partnerships Manager at AFS Intercultural Programs, supporting the launch of programs in Greece with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the expansion of the STEM Summer Academies in Brazil, Egypt, India and the United States with partner BP.
Prior to that, she served as Individual Giving Manager at City Year in New York, supporting year-round fundraising and volunteer events with multiple boards, including MLK Day of Service and an annual silent auction at the studios of Saturday Night Live! She also helped establish the organization’s inaugural team in the TCS New York City Marathon.
Melissa spent three years abroad in Tokyo, teaching high school English and leading intercultural exchange for over 300 international educators on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.
She began her career supporting social justice advocate and best-selling author Wes Moore throughout his book tour of The Other Wes Moore.
Selected Recent Partners
- America 250
- Echoing Green
- Obama Foundation
- B.A., American University, 2012
What makes me happy…
Is my weekly visit to the farmers market and a good boxing class.